Janice McGuckian

I think like everyone else when faced with the news that yourself or a loved one needs a kidney transplant you feel like life is never going to be the same again.  Watching someone go through dialysis makes the decision to be a donor simple, for me it was a hope that my partner Kris could go back to having a normal life.

I had my tests done to see if I was a viable match in 1 day, Pauline from the transplant team was with me the whole day explaining the tests, what each one would entail and how it would help them determine if we were compatible for the transplant.  Great news, I was a close enough match and we were able to go on the list for surgery.

I won’t lie it can be a bit daunting at times but not once did I ever doubt my decision, I knew this would be the most worthwhile thing I would ever do in my lifetime.  There are no words I can write to explain how helpful the nurses and team are when you’re going through this process, and they really do help to put you at ease.

Our surgery was a success and wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, the best part for me was seeing Kris the day after our surgery with colour in his cheeks looking healthier than he had done in a few years.  I feel so blessed that I could help Kris and make his life better and is still the best decision I have ever made.  Kris is still healthy 4 years on from his surgery and we recently got married in May.

Janice McGuckian