I've had insulin dependent diabetes for 25 years. Throughout that time I developed many complications including neuropathy, blindness and then renal failure.
I have been on dialysis for over a year and this was a life changing time. I found it difficult to attend work, drive and maintain a home. I felt worse coming off dialysis than I did going on - but I battled along.
Then that unexpected and wonderful phone call came to say 'yes I have my organs' - so off I went to Sydney. It was a frantic roller coaster morning that I will never ever forget.
I have been blessed by an angel, for I can now lead a happy, healthy and long life.
It has been 10 weeks since my kidney and pancreas transplant and I feel fantastic. I also believe that being positive goes a long way and that this attitude helped my recovery.
Thank you is not a powerful enough word to use, for the selfless act of kindness by the donor family. I am forever in their debt and believe that their loved one continues to live on - in me.