At the age of two I was diagnosed with a kidney disease called alport syndrome. This is an inherited condition (which at the time was not aware my mum carried this) in short it normally leads to renal failure between adolescence – 40 years old.
I lost my kidney at the age of 8. This meant I had to go on dialysis, to receive treatment I had to travel 45 miles 3 times a week for this treatment. This was hard work and draining not only for myself but my family too. I also missed about 4 years of school. In 1997 I received a successful transplant which lasted me 13 years it gave me my life back I never had. In this time I have done so many things from competing in the winter world transplant games, playing for England in Australia at cricket to family holidays with no worries of treatment and leading a ‘normal teenage/young adult life!
When my kidney went into rejection in early 2010 I was extremely lucky and grateful to receive my current transplant only 9 months later!
After recovering I found so much to life I enjoy every moment I can and treasure the memories I carry and continue to make. My most recent awareness events include the British transplant games, transplant/charity football matches, cricket and recently climbing snowdon! I can’t stress enough how positive I am feeling for the future and the new challenges ahead.
I’d also like to add I carry a full time job which is fairly physical and am as healthy as all my other work colleagues after receiving the transplant.
My brother also had a successful kidney transplant 10 years ago, he is loving life and has recently shown interest in some of the awareness events I do. My late mum also had a successful kidney transplant in 1981. She loved life and brought up myself and my brother with my dad superbly! Her transplant still was in great shape right to her passing in 2003 from other reasons.
I met with anna and the team at a transplant match and would really encourage education and support and will continue to believe.