When we got back from our holiday we started to sort out the house and managed to clear a skips worth out rubbish out of the house and we hope that we will be able to clear a lot more in the near future. Much of which had been left from before I got my transplant and we hope that now we will be able to get a new bed and furniture now we have space and I will also be able to move my mothers furniture I was left in her will from my brothers house.
I have been pondering my life a lot and realized that I am so lucky.
My life has been limited by my illness but I have also have been given two gifts, the gift of life from a 45 year old man who gave me his lungs, for which I will be forever grateful.
My second gift is I know my life will not be as long as many others I know, due to the issues of transplantation. This is such a good thing, so many people go though their life thinking they will live forever, I know that is not going to happen!! Therefore I try to make use of this precious time in the best way I can.People in the transplant community know this, although we don't speak much about it. we don't want to temp fate. this has been brought home to me recently.
A fellow transplantee Kirstie Tancock whom I have wrote about in my blog before has suffered major rejection and needed to be put back on the transplant list after just two years with new lungs. Kirstie is a very healthy fitness pole instructor who had been suffering problems about the same time as I had problems and was admitted for my bronch from them on she had deteriorated we were all worried that she would die. God intervened and with the help of the Harefield Hospital team and a Donor she was able to receive a second set of lungs and is a present doing very well.
My other friend Kimberly Liane Kneil who received her transplant last year has continued to have problems since we met. She is waiting to here about a operation to help with reflux that has been damaging her lungs.I really hope she will be able to get her operation soon so she can get better again.
Why should this have happened to these young newly transplanted women why not me I had a long life before transplant? They both have their lives yet to live!! These are questions I have asked and there is no easy answer one thing is sure
Finally some good news
One of the people I follow on my blog got her call for a new set of heart and lungs her name is Kath and she got the call after two years on the waiting list
And I have included another blog from a 15 year old girl called kate
You can read her blog here
She got her new lungs around the same time as Kirstie Tancock got retransplanted
As I write this It is three years today since I had my lungs transplanted and I was able to live again!
There are no words to adequately explain how grateful I am to my donor!!! He has allowed me to see my children grow up and go to college.I was able to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday with her before she passed.I have been able swim again achieving more distance that when I was younger, see my son ride his first motorbike and will be celebrating my fourth wedding anniversary on 23rd Oct after 26 years together with my lovely wife Liz.
I am hoping for many more transplant anniversaries, but am so happy with what I have had so far, everything after this is a bonus and I will be living it to the full :)
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