One year ago today, a very brave and generous grieving family made the decision to donate their loved ones organs.
That decision saved my life.
There are no words to explain the gratitude that I have for being given a second chance at life. This year has been one like no other that I've ever lived through.
Physically and mentally getting through a transplant is really difficult and very emotional. I could never have made it through without the support of my family and friends. I can't even imagine not being around to see my nephews grow up!
I was able to celebrate another birthday, and help with another successful Hottie Challenge.
Amazingly, I've now been back at work at my day job full time since October. I been to Sydney twice for work.and I've been to Brissy and had a stall at Finders Keepers.
None of this would ever have been possible without my beautiful shiny new lungs and that amazingly selfless gift...
I think about my donor every day. While I'm able to celebrate today with my family and friends, my donor family will be marking a different anniversary. I hope that they can find comfort in knowing how truly grateful I am.
Last year, I was still in hospital recovering during DonateLife Week. This year, I'll be taking part in the FilmLife Film Workshop Weekend, and also promoting organ donation via the Tour de Transplant and Tour de Chat.
I have a very good friend who is still waiting for a heart. I truly hope and wish and pray that his call comes soon... and please, whenever you can, make sure you have the chat with your family and friends.