Ok so I said I would blog the following day... it's nearly a week later and here it is!
Life does get in the way of blogging sometimes, which is a great thing, if you look back I used to blog every other day - this was because I was stuck in in the evenings most of the time! I am out and about all the time now and although I have looooooaads more to blog about I find it hard to sit down and write it all in one blog post!
So as the title says "A new me..." from this time last year it is a completely new me, a healthier a happier me! I realise for people reading this if you read my last few blogs... I seem to cry ALOT, haha... these are different tears (I blame the drugs) I feel I can be more myself now, I didn't want to cry when I was ill, I wanted to be strong not let things get to me or make my family worry! Now if I cry they know its over something silly and not because I am feeling ill!
So things I have acheived this year (and probably cried at)...
I had my first christmases and birthdays in 4 years without dialysis!
I have been to London numerous times... including one time on my own!
I have spent nights away from home... Birmingham, Huddersfield and friends houses (I didn't want to do this before, in case I was ill)
I ran (and still run) The Gift of Life campaign... I also continue my work as Advocate for Live Life Then Give Life!
I have met some amazing people... new friends, old friends and celebrities this year
I won 2 awards at univeristy, a regional volunteering award and have been shortlisted for a national award.
I have had my story printed in loads of media this year... big highlights GMTV, SKY News and the metro changing its masthead
I got a quote of support from Gordon Brown... and still intend to meet him.
How could I forget my Battlefront programme... a lot of hardwork but I was really pleased with the edit.
I completed my dissertation.... and finished Uni with a 2:1
I went on Holiday to Devon with my family for a week
Normal everyday things that have changed, no dialysis, I can eat and drink what I want, I can walk up the stairs without gettin out of breath, I can get up in the morning and feel great (not dizzy or nauseous), No massive painful needles in my arm every other day, I can be spontaneous and jump in the car knowing that I am not going to feel ill and be stranded wherever I am going. I can spend times with my friends (enjoying the odd cocktail, that I missed out on when they were all partying.) I can run around after my neice! I can go on days out.... I can go shopping without having to sit down every 10minutes, I can do more than one thing in one day! The list is endless... it really is a new me!
This week has been great, I did various little things that I wouldn't have been able to do pre transplant to celebrate a year with IVY (my kidney)... I walked up to the Dream Sculpture (an up hill walk) I went out for a meal with my Mum and Dad... it was an all you can eat chinese buffet... I ate all I could (this wouldn't have been possible before due to nasuea) I also had two drinks... this may not sound like much but those two drinks would have previously had to last all day! I went out for the day to Knowlesly Safari Park...
I also set off a flying lantern in memory of my donor this week... it wasn't plain sailing but we eventually got it in the air and watched it float off for about 10minutes before it disappeared behind some clouds... (Pictures from this week will follow in the next blog)
None of the above would have been possible without the generous gift my donor gave to me and their families wishes to donate their loved ones organs... I will be forever grateful and intend to cherish my gift of life and put it to good use and make them proud. My plans for this month are...
I have joined the gym (SCARY) so I need to go and get some gym gear, so a trip to the Trafford Centre is called for tonight!
A costume halloween party tomorrow
I graduate on the 5th
Its the abseil on the 7th (I will be making final arrangements this week)
The 8th is my Mums Birthday
I will be talking to some media regarding my Vinspired National award nomination.
I will be talking to the media regarding the launch of the new NHS Blood and Transplant campaign to get more people on the Organ Donor Regsiter thanks to a phonecall from my transplant co-ordinator yesterday.
I have a meeting at the Job Centre on the 12th... so who knows I may have a job soon!
I hope to go to huddersfield towards the end of the month
On the 26th November is the awards ceremoney at the Indigo2 in London (I have bought my dress already)
It is a jam packed month with lots of things to look forward to... and again I wouldn't have been able to do half those things on the list before.
No words can express the difference my transplant has made to me and also my friends and family... it is a new me and I hope they like it better than the old one!
I really am loving life and living it to the full...