When I received the double transplant at age 31 I had no idea what to expect and was hopeful my body would accept and do well with the amazing gifts I had been given. I wrote to my donors’ family and started receiving letters back from one of his sisters. A few years passed and I eventually met most of Doug’s family, a blessing for all of us. I began volunteering with our local OPO and then working as a kidney and pancreas transplant coordinator (In-house Coordinator) for the Gift of Life Donor Program.
Alex and I now have two daughters, Elizabeth and Erin and we have a blessed and full life together. Doug’s gifts of a kidney and pancreas have kept me healthy for 25 years and I now work part-time with the Transplant Pregnancy Registry at Gift of Life Institute. These gifts have allowed me to become a wife, mother, volunteer and research coordinator with the TPR and to develop relationships with fellow transplant recipients and with donor family members that I cherish. For this, I am forever grateful to Doug and his family.