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My transplant story

By Pat

In the mid 1980's I was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic.

I coped reasonably well until about 2000, living a busy and varied life.

I then suffered two diabetic comas and became aware of my failing kidneys.

I underwent dialysis for two and a half years and then I was gifted with a kidney and pancreas transplant.

After a slow recovery from surgery, I am now enjoying a full and productive life.

I am a professional squash coach, conduct my own wholesale business and act as a community advocate for organ donation and transplantation.

I assist my local hospital staff in public awareness and education programs for diabetes and renal health.

I wrote a letter through the hospital system to my anonymous donor family to thank them a year after my transplant and I will cherish their card of appreciation for ever!