Well, as 2015 draws to a close, I can honestly say I am truly blessed to have been able to make it to my 25th birthday and also Christmas. None of this would of been possible if it wasn't for my donor and his donors family, and all the hard work that Papworth hospital have done! I want to take this chance to thank everyone who has made it possible.
To all the staff at Nottingham University Hospital Wolfson CF Centre that were there through the worst times I can ever remember health wise, you kept me sane and we're the catalyst in me getting my lungs. You didn't stand by and watch me deteriorate anymore unlike others, you actively forced me through and onto the transplant list and saved my lives so to Dr Dewar and Dr Clayton and your simply amazing team THANK YOU!
To Jas and Debs, and all the team at Papworth thank you for giving me the chance to go into the waiting list and believing in me to change my compliance issues around, thank you for allowing me to see another birthday and Christmas and hopefully countless more, and giving me the opportunity to try for a family, get married (eventually) and live a long and prosperous life!
To my donor and you're family, I cannot put into words just how much you have changed mine and my families lives. You have sadly lost your life at such a young age, and now it is my duty unto you to do the things in life you were destined to do, I am not going to sit back and waste the extra time you have given me! I am planning my future with Emily, and we plan to have children, get married and travel as much as possible, all while working hard and hopefully running our own house! 2016 is a year that I would not have seen if it wasn't for you or your family and now it is my chance to excel and kickstart a career that I've wanted to do for over 5 years! Thank you so so much for what you have done for me. You're families selflessness is beyond words and now I will live my life not only for myself and my family, but for you and yours! Thank you to the stranger I never met who saved my life.
2015 has been a massive year for organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis and both have gained way more media attention this year than any other year in my life i can remember. I hope that 2016 builds upon the attention and we eventually see the opt in system changed to opt out and many more transplant operations going ahead! I know many people who have passed away this year waiting for a transplant, I also know countless that have been as lucky as me and received a transplant, but unfortunately not all of them have had the success I have so far had, and they also are no longer with us. I also know way too many people struggling at home and in hospital awaiting double lung transplants! I sincerely hope 2016 brings the gift of life to as many of you as possible and you all come out the other side and do as well if not better than I have done!
I'd like to thank you all for reading my blog and following my journey this year and I'd also like to say that although I haven't updated much since transplant I will be looking into doing a catch up blog in the new year, it will involve details on my new job and also a challenge I have set myself to complete in 2016.
I wish you ALL a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016 good luck to you all and I hope your wishes and dreams come true!