Today is the start of Donate Life Week 2012.
This year it's a lot more up close and personal.
Since I've been blogging, each year, at this time, I've written a little bit about organ donation, and how at some time, in the future, I would need a double lung transplant.
Well, that time came, and today marks my 172nd day on the waiting list.
I think about it every day.
From the Hottie Challenge
I know that I'm preaching to the converted here on the blog, as I've had so many messages and comments from everyone who has signed up to the national register, and has discussed it with their family.
So this year, just for something a little bit different, I'm going to issue a challenge....
The challenge is:
At some time during Donate Life Week (Sunday 19th - Sunday 26th February), have a discussion about organ donation with someone whom you've never discussed the issue with before.
It could be a co-worker, the checkout operator, the lady at the post office, your neighbour, one of your kiddies schoolteachers, the lollipop lady, or the person in the queue next to you at the shops.
Feel free to use me, or this blog to bring it up in the conversation. Maybe you could start with... Do you know its Donate Life Week? I have a friend/read a blog by someone who is waiting for a lung transplant....
If you do take on the challenge, I'd love it if you could come back and leave a comment to let me know!
Also feel free to pop this pic in your sidebar for the week and link it to the Donate Life website.
If you'd like to learn more about organ donation, or you would like some resources for your family, so that you can discuss the issue, the Donate Life website is a fantastic resource, jam packed full of everything you could ever need to know.
No matter what happens, your family will always need to give the final consent, so it's vitally important that they know your wishes, and that you sign up to the national register.
Thankyou... from the bottom of my poor overworked, enlarged, moderately pulmonary hypertensive heart and bronchiectasised lungs!
Donate Life Week 2011
Donate Life Week 2010
Donate Life Week 2009
Donate Life Week 2008
Lastnight in Sydney, the premiere screening was held for all of the short films that were created as part of The FilmLife Project.
I wanted to share a couple of the films.....
The first one was made by Jess Sparks. I would love it if you could spare 5 minutes to hear Jess's story.
The second one is by Josephine Lei, and it's actually really quite amusing... and less than 2 minutes!
All the short films are also available online here