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!