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.