Hello! Some of you may have noticed I have been a bit absent from blogland over the past week. I wasn't sure if I should or would post about the reason for this absence but have decided to as it's a huge part of mine and my families life. Generally I keep this blog focused on positives and all things pretty and fun – that's the way I like it. My blog is my escape. A nice place to meet like minded people. This post wont be without its positives but just more on the 'real' stuff in life and the not so pretty 'fluffy' stuff.
I've posted about my brother before. I actually have two but this one is my oldest. He got sick back in October 2008, one week before my now fiance and I were about to head off on a 3 month trip overseas. Leaving was so hard and the trip had really tough moments knowing we were so far away. However my brother wanted us to go and knew we'd been saving for ages so he didn't want it any other way.
Initially my brother ended up in hospital one afternoon because he had lost most of his vision and had a strong sense of being unwell. It took many hours of questioning in the ER, that finally led to a decision at 3am to undergo surgery that would enable kidney function via a dialysis machine. Both of my brother's kidneys had failed. With little to no notice. It was too late for any preventative kidney failure treatment, he was immediately put on dialysis.
The road thus far has felt long. My younger brother, mum, and I have all been screened for a possible kidney match. While we weren't ruled out altogether, the good news is my dad was an excellent match and would be the one to donate a kidney! So just last Thursday my dad (who I am so, so proud of) gave my brother (who I am also extremely proud of) the gift of life - a new kidney!! To see the change in my brother already has been amazing. Both my dad and brother are doing extremely well post op. There is still a long way to go for my brother but things are certainly on the up.
I think anyone who donates an organ, living or deceased to another person is amazing. And for the surgeons and nurses who make it all possible I have no words for. Except, thank you. For me, the past week been the most challenging week of my adult life and I know what I have gone through has been nothing compared to these two incredible men in my life.