“I’d always been a well enough person, then one day when I was 22 years old, I woke up with the worst headache I've ever had. I knew something wasn't right. I went to the walk in-centre and my blood pressure was really high, not something I'd ever suffered with before, so I had a blood test and the results came back showing that my kidney function wasn’t in very good condition. 

After numerous biopsies and tests, I was told that I would need a transplant after having kidneys that were damaged beyond repair with no known cause that could be found. 

I was on dialysis and on the transplant list but my live donors were sadly not suitable matches for me. This was really hard on my parents that were so desperate to help but unfortunately were not able to. 

In May 2018, when I was 27 years old, after numerous calls that were not to be, I had my transplant. 

Organ donation has saved my life and I am forever grateful to my donor and their family and all the medical professionals that helped me. 

Since then, I have gotten married and had two beautiful boys.

I always wanted a family of my own, so I am really grateful that I have been well enough to live my life as normal as possible and for my family to see me go from being really unwell on dialysis to a thriving mum and a wife to my little family. 

Without organ donation I wouldn't be here and I am so grateful for the precious gift that I have been given.”