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Hi, my name is Susan Matheson. Previous to my liver transplant, I had been hospitalized for over two months in Hawkesbury, Ontario, where I was trying to raise two teenagers as a single parent. My mother, God Bless her, came down from Montreal to care for my children and started to push the doctors into getting my name on the transplant list. I was very lucky, as they had told my mother and children I would not see the New Year without the transplant. I was only 38 years old at the time, and my liver was no longer functioning. The doctors did not know out here at our hospital what to do in order to keep me alive until I could receive a transplant. I was extremely sick, swollen and very confused, as my medications were not properly being released into my system.
On a stormy fall-winter afternoon, we received the call where we left by ambulance to Cornwall and flew to London. At last our prayers had been answered. In the early morning hours, I received my liver transplant.
It has been many years now since my liver transplant and I am doing extremely well. Since then, I got engaged to Jean and I have been able to raise and see my children grow up.
My son George recently graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and got engaged to Lisa who graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; they plan to marry this summer (2005). My daughter, Evanthia Anne, just finished her third year studying Sports Management at Brock University in St. Catharines where she lives with her longtime best friend and roommate Jenna who just finished her second year studying Kinesiology, also at Brock University.
My life since my transplant has been great, thanks to the doctors, donor and family. Without donors we would not have come as far as we have. All of my family wants to thank them and those who have signed their donor cards, so that others have a second chance at life. Enjoy every day to the fullest and give what you can to those who need it.
Today I am, not I was, nor I will be. Today I am alive. Today I am happy.