I am 28 years old and I'm currently on the transplant list hoping to receive a new pair lungs. My life at the moment is just about staying well and waiting for the day my number comes up.
I twice weekly attend a pre-transplant gym. There I see and speak with fellow transplant candidates, some who are waiting for lungs, some waiting for hearts. Straight after my session is the group of people who are post-transplant and because I have been listed now for about 4 months, I have been able to see a few people go through the two stages of gym.
Honestly it's the biggest turn-around imaginable. I just can't believe the physical improvement and total change in mind set and attitude. It is one of the most amazing transformations I have ever seen. From such bleak futures to 'the sky's the limit'. I have seen this not only with the recipients, but with the partners and family members also. The sheer relief is priceless.
There are also some very uncomfortable moments, like when someone new asks you what blood type you are. Instantly you hope the answer you give is not the same as theirs, as there is such a shortage of donors. You can't help but feel you're in competition. In some ways this is true.
My personal opinion regarding organ donation is that it's as much a family decision as a personal decision. I believe that everyone should sit down and hear each other's views and wishes on the subject.