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A New Start

Well with the new year comes some fantastic news, I got the call!
At 5:30am on the 18th Dec in fact. The voice of the transplant coordinator calmly informing me that they may have a kidney for me and to make my way in asap.  The best news possible for a kidney patient while tinged with a sadness knowing someone  had passed away earlier who had signed the donor register for people like me.
I had started dialysis for the second time three years ago in September just passed and have been waiting on the list for roughly three years. I had gotten myself into such a daily habit that I’d nearly given up on the hope of one day returning to a relatively normal life.
In the end I was called up to theatre ahout 7am on the 19th, and I can only assume it went well as I woke up in the recovery room shortly to be moved back up to ward. Going for a pee… one of the things most take for granted…. I hadn’t peed in about two years, so it was a special moment when I finally went!

It still seems remarkable that they released me on Christmas day and I was able to celebrate with my family and friends…however in hindsight I should have taken it easy and stayed indoors over the following week as I was back in hospital with a tummy bug and missed new years eve! Still even that couldn’t dampen my spirits and im happy to say that even though it’s still early days I feel fantastic if a little sore.
I’d like to say thankyou to all who stood by me particularly my girlfriend, my family and my friends, and also the dialysis team at my local hospital the QE who put up with me!
Im now hopeful that I can live my life more under my terms and get outhere and enjoy what life brings

“You and I ended over UNI…”

Once again I have been lax in updating my blog so a recap is in order methinks.
The London bridges walk came and went. I’m still in the process of collecting our sponsorship monies but we hope to have raised approx £700 which considering that the banks of the world have most of the money in the world and are disinclined to share right now, isn’t too bad.
The day itself started a little damp to say the least and what was supposed to be a joyous purple procession began more like a purple rain coated race.
The weather did pick up however and all in all it was a great day, and I wasn’t last like last year which is always a bonus…

Relationship wise things are complicated (aren’t they always?)
My girlfriend is still beautiful and still putting up with me, but her leaving for university looms large on both our minds and thoughts are inevitably drawn to the well known fact that relationships often break down when one of the two spreads their wings and flies away for three or four years.. :-\
For my part I think it’s an essential that she have the chance to experience uni and gain not only the qualification but the life experience that student life brings as well, I remember my time only too well, the amazing with the hardships. It was never dull that’s
for sure.
So here’s to my wonderful girlfriend, may she enjoy her student years and grasp everything life has to offer, and may her boobs fall to the floor and her bum balloon if she forgets about me… 😛

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London Bridges Walk 2011

Firstly, sorry for not posting in like forever! Time has passed, Im still on dialysis and still waiting for a transplant but overall in myself I am fine. I recently had another assessment and they are happy with me and are keeping me on the waiting list. My girlfriend is still fantastic and I’m still smug!

The London Bridges Walk has come around again already and this year we are priming up for a larger group of us to take part. So far there are 7 of us shortly to be wondering around Norfolk with our sponsorship forms waving in our hands but just in case we don’t bump into you in person you can go to the Kidney Research UK fundraisers page and donate online to our cause at (drum roll please…) http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/narborough

 

When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Well now its been a while since I’ve blogged and its been an eventful couple of months…..
And the news is that the special someone I mentioned in a previous post who kept me afloat, who put an arm around me at my time of need is now that special someone I can hold close and kiss with all my heart freely. 🙂
Yes folks the impossible has happened…. I’ve fallen in love with someone who accepts me, my faults and hang-ups! Right now I’m the happiest man I know.
And to steal yet another quote, yet it describes exactly how I feel:
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”

London Bridges Walk – The Big Day!

London Bridges Walk

Made it to the end!

Well Sunday the 10th July finally arrived! My friend Dessie and I had been raising funds for the walk for a couple of months prior and can proudly say as I type so far we have raised over £1100 for Kidney Research UK, so thank you to everyone who was kind enough to give, and a big thank you to the girls at the social club for walking round with the sponsorship forms!
Two friends accompanied us on the day, Our Social Club Steward Chris Harfield and a friend Carol Brownley. Chris H kindly offered to drive, an offer that was snatched upon! The weather was perfect to go with the perfect company and when we arrived to register for the walk Chris and Carol decided to postpone their shopping trip and promptly registered as well! (Thanks again guys)

London Bridges Walk

London Bridges Walk

Apparently there were approximately 1000 people taking part in the walk which started at 11am at Potters Field on the south bank near Tower Bridge after an intro & count down by Angela Rippon.
All in all it was a fantastic day and witnessing the sea of purple clad people walking the Embankment was a sight I shall not soon forget!
Hopefully the walk has raised awareness as well as raised funds for Kidney Research UK and I’m already looking forward to next year!
London Bridges Walk Big Ben

London Bridges Walk


London Bridges Walk

London Bridges Walk

London Bridges Walk

Well its under a month now to the big day! My friend Dessie and I are on track to meet our target of raising £1000 for Kidney Research UK. Our information packs along with our race/walk number and most importantly our purple t-shirts have arrived! Its all getting very exciting!
Debating whether or not to go the whole hog an dye my hair purple?!

Once again, anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so at:
http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/walkwithus