Sue’s husband (@CaptainTom3) persuaded her to join Twitter as he thought it would help her during her recovery. I have to admit when I first met Sue (@mrsTom3) it took me a while to work out what she was going to be recovering from. Here is her story….
‘On March 9th 2010 I donated my left kidney to my son, who has suffered with end stage renal failure all his life. At 15 years old, robbed of his childhood, Sam was constantly tired, in and out of hospital and unable to lead a normal life. Now, only 3 months after surgery he is feeling the benefits of a working kidney and is full of life, appetite (he is now allowed to eat things previously banned from his diet like chocolate, ice cream and chips) and is looking forward to the future. We began 2010 with trepidation and fear, unable to make any plans even though it’s a big year for us – our 25th wedding anniversary, my 50th birthday, Sam’s 16th birthday and Stef’s 21st. So now that we are on the other side of the transplant we are finally able to look to the future and start to celebrate again. So no marathons this time – just a celebration of 25 years of marriage by renewing our vows in August 2010 in the company of all those who have supported us over the last few months. 25 years usually means gifts of silver, but this time we are asking you to dig deep and come up with some cold hard cash for Kidney Research, as the gift of life is worth far more than silver.
Sue asked me to help promote awareness for Kidney Research and I’m more than happy to as she and her family was an absolute godsend when my own family was going through a difficult time recently. Even if you can’t spare any silver, do give her a follow or send her a message of support.
You can find her Just Giving Page here