Three items on this post firstly the link to the interview I made at St Georges Hall Liverpool. I would appreciate you sharing the link with friends and enemies, either way; it should have a suitable effect! I would be interested in your opinions of the video; please let me know.
Incidentally during the week after Liverpool I was attending an event and became part of a strange conversation. A lady cheerfully informed me she would happily receive an organ donation, but no way would she put her name on the donor register. I have an open mind about people’s opinions, although this woman baffled me. She thought her opinion was some twisted joke. Believing, she was in some way ‘winding’ up my intolerance spring.
The donor/recipient relationship is holistic and delicate. We should be careful of opinion as sometimes there is a risk of damaging the system. Consider the danger of A.N. Other listening to the ‘Take but not give’ selfish attitude. It is possible a potential donor could decide to reflect upon the possibility of their donation being given to an undeserving recipient. I would not concern myself about this because there is no such person as an ungrateful transplant patient. If the woman I write of actually became in need of an organ, believe me, her attitude would change.
Life is a wholesome lesson, not a lesson in selfishness. When you read ‘Second Chance’ you discover, the patient does not walk into a hospital and say ‘Hey man, give me a kidney’. We become ill; the illness becomes grave and finally life threatening. At some stage, the decision is made to place the patient on the transplant list. And then the process begins, it is complex and involves tens of people and hours of examinations. The woman missed the point; she believed she would be in control of the situation. ‘I’d have a transplant, but I’d never donate an organ’ sound’s all nice and dandy for those who think they are ‘savvy’. Truth to tell it would all change once illness sets in.
We have to be mentally strong to survive extreme illness, and we have to have compassion and understanding for our fellow humans. I feel this is not important; it is essential. I had no concern for the somewhat selfish attitude of the ‘take but not give’ woman. Because, the real truth, the essential truth is the patient needs to have love, understanding and compassion within their being. I wonder if the poor lady understood this basic requirement. If you are to overcome illness, there is NO room for illusion. If you blinker your eyes to any situation, if you make excuses for others, you have compromised your being. I will not compromise my reality and understanding of the donor system, there is no room for the nonsense of fools, it is a real life experience, not a windup inferior-superior joke. As I wrote somewhere else ‘A weak heart never won a fair maiden. And there is no more beautiful maiden than LIFE.
Part Two; I have received excellent feedback on ‘Second Chance’ and here are the latest additions to the growing number of ‘five-star’ reviews. If you have read it, your comments on the Amazon site would also be gratefully appreciated. Remember your contribution encourages others to read the book. And everyone who reads it could become a potential donor. The World needs donors!
Part Three; Many people wonder if my life is ‘normal’. It is probable they wonder if I am in some way disabled after having such major surgery. Well here’s a picture of me at Formby Beach. The day started before seven and finished well after ten. Did I feel worn out or exhausted? Not at all, my life is as normal as yours, and I intend to take advantage of every moment of my ‘Second Chance’.
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