I had my kidney transplant 41 years ago when I was 40 years old, and still living life to the full.
Great things have happened since my transplant:
I travelled overseas and all around Australia - plenty of barbecues and a small amount of drink to keep celebrating my great life after transplantation; seeing my grandkids grow up; going to the Transplant Games to celebrate with other transplant recipients to tell stories of life given to them by their wonderful donors- plus the on-going care by our Australian doctors are just some of the highlights.
After my transplant, I moved back to the bush to Echuca and built a caravan park, Boat Marina. I joined Lions International and became President and also became a City Councillor. I started a busy caravan and boat retail business with my son Raymond. I took up lawn bowls and became a committee member. I have enjoyed three overseas cruises seeing the world and travelled to many Australian districts. Being able to do this has helped my transplant health and I still look forward to more travelling and meeting people - I am now 81 years and so appreciate my kidney of 41 years.