Two families become one through organ donation
I recently travelled to Adelaide with my husband Greg to be reunited with my organ donor's family and to also celebrate my organ donor mums birthday - this was our second trip to Adelaide and I found it to be more amazing than the last.
I am extremely blessed to know and to have met this incredible family - despite their tragic loss of their daughter Aileen they have opened up their lives, their families, their homes and their hearts to welcome me and my family.
How fortunate I was to share such precious times with them over 4 days - whether it be shopping, wine tasting, sharing a meal together, having a cuppa or looking at gorgeous photos of Aileen, the family atmosphere was wonderful and I can remember walking into my donor parents home feeling a sense of comfort, warmth and belonging.
There were never any awkward moments during my stay - I can only remember a lot of laughter. How honoured I was to be given a beautiful white sun hat belonging to my donor mum and a scarf that belonged to Aileen - items that will be treasured always.
I feel that the more times we were together the closer and stronger the bond between the two families become - they just make it so easy and I am so thrilled that they found me back in 2015 - 14 months after my double lung transplant -a day I will never forget.
My donor parents are very humble and live a simple life but have such huge hearts and are always giving. The farewell at the airport when going home was extremely emotional and difficult and I can't wait to see them again - hopefully next year when they are considering coming to Gladstone.
I am all for donor and recipients meeting and knowing each other on the basis that both parties agree - it's been an incredible experience fofor myself and for my family - without reregret - however I do respect the guidelines that are in place by Donatelife to protect peoples privacy.