Thursday, May 17, 2007

We have had a busy week campaign wise – a young girl called Jessica who contacted us requesting to help has had her story picked up by several Media outlets, including her local BBC news and the Sun newspaper. If you click on the BBC article link and look on the right hand side of the page, you can view Jessica's interview online. I was interviewed as the expert opinion (not my own label, I suggested UKT but they said they wanted someone from our campaign) and Jess and her mum were interviewed, putting across a thoroughly powerful and emotive message. I believe that it is only through real life stories that we can really motivate people to understand the importance of organ donation. Emmie and myself are continuously grateful to those who come forward to share their stories, and hopefully save some lives by doing so.

Last night I gave a talk at the 41 club – a club for ex Round Tablers. They were a lovely group and it went really well, with all members taking at least one donor registration leaflet afterwards, and many taking several for friends and family as well. I have had two further requests stemming from this talk, so hope to increase my reputation as a guest speaker and continue to spread the word in this way. I think I am lucky that I do not mind (in fact enjoy) talking about my situation and therefore should use it to help others have the same chance as me.

Surprisingly (well I found it surprising) there seemed to be quite a few requests to learn a little more about the mysterious ‘A’ (you romantic lot you). Unlike me, (a born drama queen who enjoys spilling her life to anyone and everyone and could talk for Britain) A is a far more reserved and private person, therefore for his sake I would like to be vague about…well pretty much everything really.

I have known A for many years. We have grown up together as people, and the obstacles we have encountered throughout our relationship have just strengthened us I think. People think I am brave to have gone through the past year or so, but I had no choice. He could have walked away but never ever did.

Monday marked our anniversary. On Monday evening, on our way to a restaurant in London, A got down on one knee and proposed. I may have cried... A lot.

I am the happiest girl in the world right now. I cannot believe my luck so far this year, I am spoilt beyond comprehension and keep thinking that this is all a bit of a dream and I will wake up with a sharp jolt back to reality. A has always been there for me, he has been my rock, and now I get to spend the rest of my life trying to make him as happy as he has made me.


Anonymous said...

I'm crying now, and I've never even met you! Huge congratulations - what wonderful news!!


Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you and A. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world.

Jax and Bill H xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you Emily and A, this is becoming a fairtail story and i love it.I'm 100% sure you'll be very happy together for a very long time( BIG YAY)
Ali, Roger and Jasmine

Lorraine said...

Congratulations to you both - wishing you many many long and happy years together - well deserved - now when's the wedding?! ;-) xx

Anonymous said...

Woh!!can this year get any better for you? only if you can fit a wedding in before the end of the year I think.Many congratulations to you and A sounds like time for a pink sparkly party!!!I bet your mum is brimming over with happiness..much love Annex

It's Her said...
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It's Her said...

Congrats!! Can we get a photo of the ring pleeeeeeeeease? :)

Anonymous said...

Wow...thats great news. Congrats to you both. You definetely deserve to be both happy.


Josette (Malta) xxxx

Fi said...

OMG! I wondered (if and)when that would happen. That is such fantastic news, I am so happy for you. True (Buddhist) love stems from how you make the other person feel - if you are happy that THEY are happy, then you're on a good road. And I think you are more than capable for returning the support A has given you, and then some.

What a fairytale wedding it'll be! Congratulations ten times over!
Fi xxxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news! You deserve this happiness :-)

Anonymous said...

I assume the bridesmaids will be wearing pink!


Anonymous said...

YAY!!! That's wonderful news Em, many many congratulations to you & A.

Muchly happiness to you both. :-)

Andy xxxxxxxx

Rebecca said...

Woooooooo hooooooooooooo!!!!

Tears here too!

Huge congratulations to you and A, may you have a long and happy life together.

Becky, Adrian, Seren & Dylan xxxx

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you had the restraint to leave it to the bottom of the post! I'm so so happy for you both, congratulations and please say congrats to A from me as well.

Katie H

Anonymous said...

Congragtulations Emily and 'A', that has made my day......

lots of love MoO and Grace xxxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both wonderful news such a positive step for you both....

Wishing you love, health & happiness always....

Elaine & Rach & family xxxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and A! I'm sure this will be one pink/white (thought i'd put pink first hehe) and glittery wedding!

Love, Marjolein

Mad Asthmatic said...

congratulations Em and A. May your lives be blessed with happiness and joy.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Wish and a all the happiness - and im sure u make him happy by just being there. Im sure u 2 will have a great life together and have many amazing experiences.
Hope 2 see u again soon
Love Jennie

Anonymous said...

Yey! Congratulations! :D So happy for you both!

Great news about the campaigning, glad it's going well...I watched Jessica's interview, it was very moving, especially when her mum was talking. I hope she gets the call soon.

Love always, Kat xxx

Anonymous said...

Hooray, I can knit you a wedding dress. No honestly, I don't mind - think nothing of it. I have a bit of arran wool which will look lovely with the itchy brown wool I got from the Co Op last week.

Congratulations!! What lovely news!




Nicola said...

That was such a lovely surprise to read today,how fabulous for you both!!!

I know you are already a very happy girly,but I wish you and A a lifetime of happiness.

Much Love xxx

Anonymous said...

Ok - you never cease to make me cry - many many congrats to you and A.
Lindy xxx

Alan Kenny said...

woooo woooo, the last time i felt like this was when i got to meet you last year emily ,, im so so happy for you both , i know mary would have a huge smile on her face now ,Congratulations and lots of love always xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!! huge congratulations poppet:D:D:D so happy for you and A. xxxxxx


diddyangel said...

Omg congratulations hunni i am SO happy for you xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

At a wedding last Summer, Em (lung still collapsed and on day release from hospital) and A were posing with the Bride and Groom and a number of people delicately asked me (a bridesmaid and therefore the walking who's who guide) why the nice lady was in a wheelchair. I fixed them with a serious look and said
"She can't walk in those heels...",
swiftly followed by a pitch for organ donation and CF, of course.

Congratulations to you and A - I saw him on Tuesday and he never let on!!! Choose your shoes carefully and let me know when you need your hen night organising ;)

Love from Philippa xxx

Anonymous said...

I so clearly remember Fitznells concerts, watching A. gazing at you across the room. So he got the girl! Fabulous news. Many, many congratulations to you both.

Anonymous said...


Wishing you and A all the happiness in the world!

Love Hol x

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS Em what lovely news.
Something else for you to plan for!
Much love to you both.
Julia + family

Anonymous said...

Many many congratulations to you and A, wishing you a very happy life together.A truly happy ending. Bet Anne is well pleased!!!
Love to you all, Diane T xxxxx

Anonymous said...

that is wonderful news. many congratulations to you both.its so exciting.
all our love
trigger and the better half xxxx

Unknown said...

You never actually said that you said 'Yes!' but we all take it you did.

Wishing you both love (you already have it), joy, and contentment (boring, maybe, but ultimately the best).

So happy for you

Sarah Milne said...

Congratulations Mr and Mrs A to be :-) :-) :-) I had a funny feeling that would happen some time over the next few months. You are SO fantastic together and you both deserve years and years and years of happiness.
loads and loads of love
Sarah x x x

Sasha said...

Oh oh oh! Tears in eyes and such a massive grin! Would have loved to have heard your sisters' reactions! Screams perhaps?! Many many congratulations. Wow, don't think I have ever been as happy to hear about 2 people getting engaged who I don't even know!
Sasha x

Anonymous said...

Many many Congratulations Emily & A wishing you all the love & happiness in the world.
Much Love Janet G & Family xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You do sound like the (v pink) princess in a fairytale... I hope all your dreams come true! Liz

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your engagement Pink and Smiley!
Richard and I are so delighted that your transplant went well. We have followed your progress through Emmie and wish you and 'A' (and your new lungs,) a long and happy life together. We also think of your donor and their family. Thoughts of you will be a great balm to their sadness.

With Lots of love and a big hug!
Sue & Richard at Legacy of Life

Anonymous said...

Emily, congratulations, another good one has been taken away from me, oh well. I wish you and Adam the best.

I hope this doesn't affect you becoming PM soon, lol.

Love, Randall

Anonymous said...

Yay congratulations Em.. Really pleased for you.. I wish you a life time of hapiness, you certainly deserve it! Your whole family must be over the moon.. How pink can you make the wedding?
You say A likes to stay in the shadows as it may... If he is amarrying a celebrity will he be able to avoid the papprazzis??
Any ideas of a date yet?

xx Sandy xx

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!! OMGoodness. yay! Congratulations.. Im so so delighted for you both. May you have a lifetime of joy together. x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Em! I'm at work reading this, so trying to be a bit reserved but there's a little tear in my eye! You are a very lucky girl, and A is indeed a very lucky man!

Starfish! x

Anonymous said...


Congratulations! What brilliant news Em. Am so so so so happy for you both!!!

I'm pretty sure it's reality not a dream Em, but I can understand why you feel that way.

Think I'm going to start a bet, as to how much pink Em wear's to the wedding;)

Yay yay yay!

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,

Many congratulations on your engagement. I wish you both every happiness for the future. I am sure everbody enjoys your talks just as I enjoyed listening to you when I was a nurse on Foulis. So glad to hear that all is going well for you.

Maura (ex Foulis Nurse) x

Anonymous said...

Lovely to see you today looking so pink and healthy. I will have to call again to see 'THE RING'


Anonymous said...

Fantastic news! Yes, I'm crying as usual.
Lots of love to you and A. Move aside Jordan, this is going to be the most pink celebrity wedding in history.

Have OK! called yet?

Congratulations to a special couple.
Noodles xx

Anonymous said...

congratulations! That's really fab news, am so so happy for you. Being married is fab! Enjoy planning the wedding!!

cal xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

I'm crying too...I've been following your story over the last few months Emily..My son is waiting for an assessment..and you are truly an inspiration.. Your family, friends and 'A' :-) must be so proud of you...Many, many congratulations to you both...

Love and hugs,


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Emily and A

Emma xx

God, Love, Life and Rugby said...

I just got married and it ROCKS!!
See you at the Hydro Active in September
Hannah xx

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW!! Tears here too. CONGRATULATIONS to you both, I cannot think of a happier continuation of your year so far!

Wishing you many, many years of happiness together.


Anonymous said...

im crying too Em ! I'm so chuffed for you! i'll get back to you soon with the press release story - just need to sort a couple of things on it when i get a day off work - monday or tuesday i expect xxx much love and congratulations xx

Anonymous said...


One assumes you said 'yes'?, Anyway many congratulations for your both, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful life together, in which you will live to the full and cherish every moment.

Mark, Lynn, Liam & Ewan

Richard Weir said...

Amazing, wonderful news! Many, MANY congratulations Emily, I'm so very pleased for you. I am sure you will have the most amazing fun planning, organising, disorganising and reorganising the wedding, and I am sure you and A will be extremely happy together.

Wishing you all the very best. Gooid luck, take care, and stay happy! :D

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Spain and felt quite glum to land at Stansted to rather cold and very rainy weather.
It's sunny again now that I've just read your news!!!!!
Congratulations to you both, but tell me you're not getting married in pink?!

Love, Audrey xx