Today I got up and cooked breakfast for my son. I did some washing and had lunch. This afternoon I am going to visit my brother to wish him a happy birthday. This may all seem very boring to you but to me it is now wonderfully normal.
Four year, ten months and few days ago I thought I had no future. My Liver was failing. Although I had just been placed on the transplant list, I knew that it was quite possible that I could die waiting. We have all heard on the news that there are many more people needing organs, than there are those who are prepared to donate. My cousin had been lucky enough to have a transplant in Germany three years previously. That made it even more likely in my view that we couldn’t both be that fortunate. I was very wrong, however. After being on the waiting list for less than a month I got the call from Addenbrooks and rest as they say is history.
What I would like to do with this blog is share how I felt before, during and after I got through this massive undertaking. When they tell you that need a transplant it is very easy to think, “Okay I’ll have one if there is an organ for me.” There is much more to consider. It requires hard work and a fighting spirit to come out of the other side. This is what I want to share, not all the gory details. You can find them in other places on the Internet. If you have medical questions however, you should always ask your medical team first. They know you best and they are the experts. I just want to offer the story of my journey to let you know that you are not alone. That there are people out there who understand your hopes and your fears.
This blog isn’t going to suddenly pop up completed overnight. I have only just started working on this. The amount of time that has passed since my transplant was helpful in putting the whole experience into perspective. Now that I have reached that point in my journey, I am ready to share it. I just wanted to put something out there to break the ice and to get the whole thing underway. If you have taken the time to read this post thank you and I hope that you will come back to see how it all came about.