My journey began in September 1998 when I was diagnosed with PPH (Primary Pulmonary Hypertension) I was ok until 2001 when my condition started to deteriorate. I was put on the transplant list in June 2002 (during the world cup!) and in nine months my time came! I had a heart and double lung transplant on the 18th March 2003.
My life changed forever! Before the transplant I was in a wheelchair, on 24 hour oxygen I couldn’t do anything for myself like dressing or bathing. The transplant gave me back my life. It was like I was reborn. I had to learn to do things for myself again.
Today my life, 11 years on since the transplant is a happy one. I’m happily married since 2004. I don’t want to paint a picture of a perfect life after a transplant because it’s hard with all the medications side effects but when I think back to how I was then I wouldn’t change anything. On the night of the 17th March 2003 an angel saved me. I’m forever grateful to you, you gave me back a life I never thought I would see.
I live each day a happy one.