So, it's been a busy day, by morning I was hanging out on the radio, by afternoon I was vay busy going viral darling. Ooh la la...
As excited as I am to see this video doing so so well, it only means so much because of the message it's spreading. Imagine if somebody needing an organ is saved as a result! Then I can start to feel like, maybe, I deserve my donor organ. It is very hard to accept that I'm worthy of it, when there were so so many other people waiting for it too. So promotion like this is exciting of course, but mostly it's very special indeed for my soul.
Read the article that goes alongside the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42652382
BBC Radio Wales
This blog post is a bit upside down...I'm cray. Today I woke up at the crack to get ready for a radio interview with the BBC! I'll likely never get to write those words again so it felt appropriate to bold and italicise.
Before I was due into the BBC Radio Wales studio for the live interview at 8am (I just read this back for typos and had written 'liver' instead of live - obsessed!), a pre-recorded interview was being aired at 7:10. So I was sitting next to the radio from 6:30, just in case.
I'm fooling nobody if I say promoting organ donation is a chore, I love public speaking and writing articles, and going on live radio was a whole extra level of [dancing emoji please]! I got a tour of BBC Cymru HQ, met some lovely people, didn't spill any liquids in the recording studio and didn't make too much of a prat of myself on air...she says.
One of the things I find difficult, and I hate that I find it difficult, is meeting members of a donor's family. The most wonderful people!
Not in the studio, but doing the interview with me on the phone, was Anna-Louise, who sounded just LOVELY. She lost her husband and son in an accident and had donated her son's organs. I would have loved to meet her, but I find it so difficult because I get the panic - what if I don't measure up! Even being in the same interview with her I was so conscious of wanting to say the right thing, of being a shining example of the good that organ donation can do, of her son's legacy. I am so aware that she is likely thinking nothing of the sort, but my mind won't quit.
Most Important Line
I said lots of words, some of them good, some of them waffle, during my work with the BBC. This is the line that I'd like most people to hear:
I can't even tell you what a life changing thing it is, because it's not just getting better, you're not just recovering from an illness, you only recover from that illness because somebody else saved you. And that is such a powerful thing...I think about them [my donor] a lot.