Hi, my name is Sarah and I suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. When I was 14, I was considered for the organ transplant waiting list. It was too early for me, yet the anticipation of needing a transplant is eye-opening as well as anguishing. Everything that's important to you becomes very clear when you know you will need to go on a list that so many never come off. The thought of losing what you care about most, and seeing the pain you are dragging those that you're closest to through, inspires dread in me unlike anything else. Without isolating myself from the people that make life worth living, this is not just about me.
The lack of people on the organ donor register makes the transplant list a daunting one of little hope for the thousands who end up on it. Three people a day die waiting for a transplant. Donors don't just help one person. With the wide range of transplants possible today, a single donor can enhance and save the lives of many. Still not convinced? Let me put this to you; Your loved one's life is in the balance, what would you do? Accept a organ and with it the chance of life, the alternative being to leave them to merely exist, for the time they have left, until they're gone.
This will be me. This could be you. Waiting, depending on a stranger to give you the chance to live, to give you time.
This is the story in her own words, of one of my constituents and one that is echoed many times around the country. Would you take an organ donation if you needed one? Nearly every one says they would but only 28% are registered. If you wish to learn more about organ donation click the following link, http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/default.jsp