For those of you who already know my story or new people visiting this page, below is a brief outline of my journey.
In 2005 (after 10 years of suffering with chest pains and 2 right lung collapses in my early 20's), I was diagnosed with end stage LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS (LAM) and told that I had 12-18 months left to live, my right lung no longer functioned, and I would only survive if I received a transplant. My illness took a turn for the worst and my left lung collapsed 13 times, to which I required 24 hour oxygen and became wheelchair bound. Sadly it was necessary to put me into an induced coma for 3 weeks as my body was shutting down with MRSA and other infections.
For further information about me/my illness/media work/online journal/other information during this period. Please refer to my website
Or further information on Lam
This year in 2008, I am very excited to be taking part in 3 exciting events which are:- The European Transplant Games (June) and the UK Transplant Games (August). Also the Harefield Hospital Run (September) - Harefield Hospital was where I had my life saving double-lung transplant. I will be sprinting 100m, 100m relay, 200m, 400m in the Transplant Games and running 3 miles at the Harefield event. All funds raised will go to the charity Lam Action as I feel very passionate about research helping to find a cure for this horrific rare lung disease and prevent deaths in the future.
My goal is to do well, so that I am able to compete in the World Transplant Games in Australia 2009 !!
Finally, I would like to thank the man, MY DONOR who saved me from dying with no more pain and suffering. My Donor has given me a LIFE to fulfill wonderful and enriching goals/ambition to which I possess a real zest on my extension of life! I may get LAM again or my lungs may reject, but, I do not worry about that now, and just live for today and always stay happy! Please speak to your loved ones about being a donor and sign up online (there is a link on my website). 1 person can save 7 people's lives...why let your organs go to heaven when your body is at rest? Let a life be saved like mine!! Thank you.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. Please dig deep and sponsor me online.
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor me: LAM Action will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.
Please sponsor me now! Any contribution however small will go a long way! Thanks
Many thanks for your support and keep smiling.