Tracey marks milestone after double lung transplant
ON March 6 I celebrated my 12 month milestone after receiving a double lung transplant in March 2014.
I was an active member of the Gladstone cricket fraternity since 2000, holding many committee positions at my local cricket club (Yaralla) as well as secretary of Gladstone Cricket Association.
I love cricket...how could you not?
All of a sudden I became very ill and everything came to a complete stop.
I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. A lung disease which is fatal.
The only cure - a double lung transplant.
Fortunately for me, after only waiting 15 days on the waiting list, I received the ultimate gift from a selfless family who I may never meet, but would love to so much.
Since the transplant I have resumed normal life, and of course resumed my involvement with cricket.
I have since been awarded the Queensland Cricket Magnificent Seven award for my services with cricket, a huge honour with only seven people selected in the state, and I was one of them.
Also being given life membership with Gladstone Cricket was another huge surprise in the last 12 months.
I have had a couple of setbacks involving rejection, but through the dedication of my transplant team at the Prince Charles Hospital my health was put back on track.
I cannot express my gratitude and love to my donor and their family, I wouldn't be here today, that's the simple fact.
It's because of them I can continue with my unfinished business with cricket, my family who I adore and my life.
My husband Greg, my two beautiful children Michael and Emily and their partners Aimee and Mitch have been so supportive and brave through it all.
Organ donation is so important and without it I would have died within three months of going on the waiting list.
I admit the journey hasn't and won't be easy, but hard work will prevail. I owe it to my donor and their family.
The dedicated and ever devoted transplant team, and my doctors Dr Peter Hopkins, Dr Dan Chambers and Dr Andreas Fiene are simply amazing in what they do.
It's because of them I am back where I belong, back home with my family, friends, and of course cricket.
For those still waiting for organs, don't ever given up. For those who have received a second chance, don't waste it.
Enjoy every moment and make it count, with good nutrition, exercise and listen to your transplant team.
For more information about organ donation visit donatelife.gov.au.