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I went from being healthy at Uni doing my nurse training, to feeling tiered, after loosing my dad a few weeks before I was taken ill, so I went to the Doctor just to check it out he sent me for a routine Blood test just to rule anything out thought i was stress....This is my story.....
Blood test came back same day and i was admitted to royal derby that day, tests more test still no answers 2 wks later they came and said we transferring you too Birmingham Queens for a liver transplant ‘’wasn’t expecting that ‘’
So scared miles away from home and all alone, came Friday and said we have a liver, after test later that day they said it was to big and wouldn’t fit, said we would have to wait and was put on the super urgent list which searches all over the UK not only in my area for a organ. This was a very scary time as they said my liver would only last a couple of days .
Saturday teatime came and again they said we have a organ , i didn’t really get to optimistic then i realised that someone was losing there life for me to live messes with your head big time, but due to toxins in my brain from my liver not working properly this didn’t really hit me fully till post op.
They came and said we going to harvest your liver (take it from the organ donor) horrible way of explain it.
So the countdown was on from midnight nil by mouth longest night of my life.
About 6 am sunnday14th September 2008 they all turned up round my bed (just writing this down is so hard so its taking me a while just thought id add that just so you know even now it seems so seareal ) n were off to the theatre, can remember the antitheists had just had a coffee as i smelt it remember saying to him jokingly what I’d do for a cup of coffee right now!!! Then its 10,9,8,7, sleep time. When I woke I had a lovely nurse that was like an angel so gentle and then took a look at my 53 staples holding me together, um sexy scars!
Took a year and half to get over lots of stays in hospital hernia and loss of 3 stone, when i came outing Feb. 2009 i couldn’t walk, open a bottle of milk get of the sofa without help I had lost all my muscle , but I worked hard and my aim was to take part in sport again as I had done previous. The up head struggle started small steps started swimming with a rubber ring from which months before 50 length was easy. Then i tried my hand at cycling got a old bike of eBay did the race in bath in 2010 getting lapped and saying that I would never get on a bike again..But guess what I did. Then I then got picked to go to world transplant games in 2011, so serious training began, here I got a bronze medal in cycling, so this just goes to show with a positive attitude and a lot of hard work anything is possible. Next stop was South Africa here I got 1 Gold world medal and 2 Silver in 2013, so the training went up another level I was determined to get a Gold medal not only to promote organ donation but to do my organ donor proud... that them signing the Organ Donor register would show what a difference it could do to someone’s life. This time my Gold medal was in front of my mum and daughters the people that had supported.
This year 2015 I am traveling to Argentina with the GB transplant Team hoping to get another Medal for my Hero.
I will always be in ore of my Hero my donor she gave me the chance of 5 extra years with my daughters and mum, and hopefully many more.
My aim also is to get ladies cycling whatever there ability and age in y eyes no one gets left behind, we all started somewhere....
Diana from the heart.