I am waiting for a transplant to have a normal life again.
I was born in Hong Kong and came to Australia in 1984. I live at Westmead in Sydney. My sister also lives in Sydney.
I have been a nurse since 1973 and a nurse at Westmead Hospital in Sydney for 25 years working in Radiology and previously in Midwifery.
I had to resign from my position at Westmead as my disease got so bad.
In 1993 I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an auto-immune disease characterised by dryness. It has affected my whole body including my glands and organs. As a result my kidney function has deteriorated.
Two years ago I was put on the organ transplant waiting list. Every day since then I have had dialysis. I do this every night at home. There are many other people who have been waiting longer than me. This is my life now – it revolves around dialysis.
I had to give up work because I have very low blood pressure in the mornings.
I would really like to have my kidney transplant so I can live a normal life again.
I want to encourage Chinese Australians to donate their organs and tissue as they can help save lives in our community.