I'll keep saying it because it's true: being able to promote the importance of organ donation is a huge privilege! Being able to do it on the BBC is, well, it's a get-the-red-lippy-on sort of occasion!
One week before my transplant's first anniversary, Colette and her crew from the Beeb came to our wee home (double hoovered wee home) to talk to Paul and I about the transplant, the last year, and what we think about presumed consent for organ donation.
I'll update this post with links to the finished pieces when they air. In the meantime, here's how it went...
Night before, me: "I have no clothes I have no clothes, why do I only own lycra?!" Manically trying on combos to create a look that says 'i made no effort at all' while shouting 'I am cool, you can save other cool people if you sign up to the donor register!'
Night before, Paul: "Will anybody notice these bike oil stains on my trousers? And my t-shirt?" Zero shits given.
They were arriving at 8am so what time did we get up? 6am obviously. How long did it take to do my hair? An hour. How long for 'subtle waves' to fall out? Just long enough to leave no time for repairs. Similar results for my face. Paul took exactly two and a half minutes to get ready, and look dapper as hell. Cheers mate.
1) Being filmed standing in the kitchen having a 'natural conversation'. Imagine, standing in your kitchen with your husband...guys can you now talk naturally for a few minutes, about anything you want...it will be aired...ACTION.
2) Holding a microphone pointing at my feet and running up and down the road. Hi neighbours!
3) Looking straight into the camera and answering questions. If you're anything like me, I know you read that and cringed.
Our amateur-ness aside, it was a bloody fun three hours, Colette did such a good job of keeping us chilled (ish). Of course ever since, all I've been thinking is AH I forgot to say this and ARGH why did I say that.
Being a high flying celeb like I am now the BBC and I are like this [crossed fingers and wink], I've got some more life goals in order:
1) To be as effortlessly turned out as Colette, and to wear heels even on normal days.
2) To teach my mouth to say what my brain is thinking. I've always thought that would be so handy.
3) To continue having opportunities as exciting and important as this one, to spread the message about organ donation, and how crucial it is to talk to your family about your decision. So that IF the time ever came, they aren't burdened with that enormous decision in the midst of their grief.