Jessica, waiting for a kidney and pancreas transplant
Jessica, 30, from London was diagnosed with type one diabetes aged 13 and knows she will need a kidney and pancreas transplant in future.
She currently relies on dialysis three times a week, with hospital visits a frustrating normality. She says:
“A life on dialysis isn’t fun."
“I am now normally in hospital every 3 months with something, so I can’t really plan anything long term.
“It’s frustrating as I have a broken CV with so much time off sick; it can be difficult to get a job.”
Jessica studied illustration at university and is currently trying to launch her own illustration company. She draws to relieve the boredom of dialysis. She says:
“A transplant would significantly improve my quality of life."
“I know someone needs to die for me to have a transplant and that’s really hard, but I just think that if they can live on through me then that could be a great comfort for their family to know they didn’t die in vain.
“People like me need people like you to think about saving someone’s life by signing up.”