Mary's Organ Donation Story
From the moment Angie and I met, being friends has been easy. We met while playing
hockey and that eventually led to us playing softball together. In the 9 years I've
known Angie we've never had a disagreement. Now maybe that's because we've had long
stretches where we haven't seen each other frequently, but when we do get together
we seem to pick up right where we left off.
When I got sick in November 2009, I hadn't seen Angie for a while but she was the
first person that popped into my head that I really wanted to talk to because we'd
always been able to talk about anything and as always she was there to listen to
me and of course, make me laugh even when I didn't want to.
Although the school year is usually harder for us to get together, the summer is
"our time". I have Fridays off and Angie is off from school so we are able to golf
and have lunch often. So, when I received a call from Angie in July 2010 I thought
Angie just wanted to schedule a golf date. I was absolutely shocked when she told
me she had been evaluated at the University of Minnesota and wanted to know if I
wanted half of her liver. Of course, we had a couple of discussions after that about
the risk she was taking, but neither of us wavered from the commitment to make the
transplant a success.
By the time the day of the transplant came around; I just knew everything was going
to be fine mostly because my new liver came from such a wonderful person who I admire
and love. Since the transplant I've been able to return to my life pre-transplant
but there are things that have changed. My donor and I see each other much more
often and there really is a connection between us now - just a look, a smile and
a hug - almost feels like coming home after a long journey. The last couple of years
have been tough on me physically, but a wonderful experience for my soul.