This post is Part 2 in a series based on a presentation I recently did. The rest of the posts can be found here. Figuring out how to juggle being “healthy” and “sick” at the same time was extremely challenging, and it was made even harder by the fact that everybody else in my life was […]
This post is Part I in a series based on a presentation I recently did. The rest of the posts can be found here. The photo of me on the left is how I thought my life was always going to be. A busy, full-time career working as a primary school teacher. That is, until […]
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 […]
I’m Holly. Billy the Kid is my transplanted kidney.