ORGAN donation campaigner Kirstie Tancock is now out of hospital and continuing her recovery following her second life-saving double lung transplant.
In the latest entry in her blog the 23-year-old from Honiton also thanked her hundreds of well-wishers who helped her through her lowest points.
Kirstie, who received her first transplant two years ago when she was moments from death, defied the odds once again after suffering from chronic rejection. From being told she was too ill to be considered for transplant to undergoing the operation within just a few days, Kirstie is now reflecting on the third chance of life she has now been given.
She said: “The reason for my break (in writing the blog) was to take time to heal, reflect and recover. Although I'm writing this it certainly doesn't mean I have finished that process. Post transplant recovery takes months, some say you are not recovered physically for about a year. Emotionally I guess everyone is different, but I don't know if we ever truly recover from near death experiences although they do get put to one side for us to carry on life in the most 'normal' way possible.
“As I said in a previous blog before my chronic rejection set in I felt the most recovered and 'normal' as I would ever get. Now my goal is to get back to that and rushing emotional recovery isn't something I would ever do.
“I am out of hospital I have been for a week and a day. It has been four weeks today since my transplant, four weeks since some stranger once again gave me the gift of life, four weeks and some where there is a family out there grieving. IPlease think of them and wish them peace and my donor rest peacefully in heaven.
“I am at my nan’s with my husband while I recover and we look for a house, our first house to buy. It's so exciting and at the same time scary. It is such a huge decision when looking at houses whether we are going to pick the right one for us. I can't tell you how happy I am that I have such a normal worry such as buying a house.
“Physically I am weak, but no where near as weak as I was the first time, but still I have a way to go. I am walking lots and sometimes I forget to rest in between. My mind thinks I can just go back to how things were before. My body is in need of time but I know we will get there.
“Finally I just want to take a minute to thank you, thank all of you who have supported me, helped my hospital packs in the last few months which will be ready to go out for Christmas. I want to thank everyone who had donated to the packs and to the fund which my friend set up for me personally. I have no idea what I will spend that on, but I will put it to good use.
“I also want to thank all the lovely people who sent me cards, present and simple messages of encouragement.
“These message in those hours of darkness brightened my day and on good days widened my smile. Simple things have such a great effect and I cannot thank everyone enough.”
Kirstie is an advocate of the charity Live Life then Given Life and shortly before her first transplant agreed to become the face of the Echo’s on-going Life-savers campaign. To register as an organ donor visit www.organdonation. nhs.uk or phone 0300 123 2323.