Diana's Story My kidney problems started when I was 19 years old. I was in my first year of studying law at Cardiff University Law School and I woke up one morning with terrible neck pain. My joints started to swell and I couldn't eat, sleep or walk. I had several tests, including a biopsy, and I was diagnosed with lupus. I spent two weeks in intensive care because my heart, kidneys and lungs were all failing. Through medication I regained some of my kidney function but due to the chemotherapy, I was told I had kidney failure and would need a transplant. I am blood type O, which is universal, but it means that I can only receive a transplant from someone who is also type O. Unfortunately, no-one close to me is able to donate one of theirs. I live in Cardiff with my fiancé, but he is a different blood group. My mother has recently suffered a stroke and a heart attack and my father sadly passed away a few years ago. It was unfortunate timing as during the first lockdown, Wales' only transplant centre was closed, and I am looking to be re-added to the waiting list. After taking a year's leave of absence from university, I returned determined to complete my degree. I am proud to say that I am a fully-qualified solicitor. At university I worked with the National Union of Students (NUS) as a disabled students' officer, representing and campaigning on behalf of disabled students. When my health allowed me to I also worked for numerous charities and causes and was an Action for Children Ambassador, for which I won the Stephenson Award. I received incredible support from them when I arrived in Wales when I was younger so I wanted to give something back to show them how appreciative I ma of their care. I was always passionate about spreading awareness. I am totally reliant on a donor. Receiving a new kidney would completely change my life. It would mean I have a future to look forward to. It would mean I could do 'normal' things again like travelling and going to work. It would mean the absolute world to me.