A few weeks ago I was invited to be the patient speaker at a KQuIP event for medical staff here in North West England. Honestly, this was a bit of a daunting prospect, I’m not a confident speaker at the best of times, so the thought of standing up and doing a 20 minute presentation […]
Long before I knew I’d eventually have one myself, I watched my friends with transplants celebrate their annual “transplantiversary”. These are birthdays for donated organs, so to speak, a means of recognising how long the recipients have had them, and an opportunity to celebrate another year of life that in many cases would not have been […]
Several months ago, I mentioned having written a letter to the family of my donor. I did this not only to say thank you, but also because I wanted his family to see that I was a real, live person whose life has been changed by their loved one. I also wrote it knowing that out […]
After I’d sat down and written about everything that happened to me in the last year and a bit, plus another couple of posts inspired by conversations I have had with people, I realised I had reached the point where I had to decide what on earth to write about next! I have a huge file […]
It’s probably no surprise to readers of this blog that I suffer from anxiety. In fact it was actually the subject of one of my very first posts, a couple of years ago! In between writing that post and writing this one, what has changed? Everything and nothing. Obviously there have been some fairly major […]
I’m Holly. Billy the Kid is my transplanted kidney.