Whooooohhoooo I've reached the 2-year mark!!!!! Wow, how time flies, and still so many has happened in these 2 years... feels like a lifetime ago that I couldn't breathe. At exactly 2 years ago this time it was an hour before I was taken into theatre, all the x-rays and bloods were done, we were just sitting around waiting... nerve-wrecking.
This past year's been amazing. The world transplant games in Oz, getting engaged! Those were def the highlights. Needless to say, the year ahead will also be very exciting! Getting married, buying a townhouse with Chris, National Transplant Games... Hopefully my lungs continue to behave as well as they have the past two years.
I'd like to thank the following people for the past 2 years: GOD... He's made all of this possible for me, my donor family... while they're mourning the death of their daughter/mother/sister/friend/loved one today, they've given me the biggest gift EVER and they're always in my heart. My mom, dad, sister and friends who were and are always there for me, as well as everyone in PE, including Dr Gebers who got me to the point of transplant. Chris for being the best thing that's happened to me post transplant, for worrying about me and loving me! Dr Paul Williams for keeping my lungs in tip top shape and who's so much more than just a doctor. Jenny, Aviva, my cell group, Lisa, Cristy and all the other friends I've made in Joburg since moving up here. All of you are just awesome :-)
I pray for many more healthy years like the previous 2, and for all my friends waiting for lungs all over the world... that they may also experience this like I have. And my heart breaks for those who weren't as lucky and aren't with us anymore... RIP Lynn Barnes, Jessica Wales, Maryke Pieterse, Paul Mooney, and many more. xxx