Waiting (praying) for a heart was a really mentally challenging time for me.
Feelings of guilt would arise often when I tapped into the fact that someone had to pass for me to get a heart.
There is soo much that goes into finding an organ that matches you perfectly! The organ donor has to be the same blood type, weight & height. Having quite a petite frame meant that it would be quite tough to find a match. Other dependents include the fact that a heart can only survive 6 hours outside of the body so you can imagine what a journey it was to find a suitable heart! The doctors continuously reminded me that many heart transplants don’t go ahead last minute due to complications so I made sure not to get my hopes up...
Early one morning, I was in hospital for a routine check up.
"My doctor took me aside and told me they thought they had a suitable heart. I was beyond excited! This was the moment I had been waiting for."
I got ready and was eagerly waiting in my room surrounded by family.