Dreams Come True

A cup of tea with.. Ellen

I am hoping 2016 is going to be a great year both personally and in my swimming. With exams and university around the corner this year will be challenging and exciting. Hopefully I will be going to Plymouth University which has a strong swimming presence, which will help me keep my fitness up and also help prepare me for the British Transplant games which are being held in Liverpool in July and other future competitions. University will be a new experience as I will have to be more independent and live away from my family; this will be tricky but a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and make new memories. I will hopefully (if all goes well in my exams) be studying psychology which is my favorite subject, I find it very interesting although at the moment I do not know exactly what I want to do as a career. I am hoping that during the course I will find the areas I enjoy the most and maybe pursue a career in that field in the future.

The end of 2015 was an emotional time for me as I had my last clinic in Bristol children’s hospital in which I have had the same consultant for 17 and a half years. Dr T has been amazing, along with the phlebotomists, ward staff and renal nurses who have looked after me over the years from the day I was born. Transitioning to adult care will be weird but also a new beginning. I will also be competing for Bristol’s adult team for the transplant games in Liverpool and I am very excited to meet even more people and make new friends!

In January I went to a training weekend with the Team GB transplant swimmers in Cambridge. It was lovely to see everyone again. We had some free time while we were there so we were able to go punting on the river Cam which was interesting and beautiful. We had a tour guide who told us about the history of Cambridge.

Participating in the transplant games has introduced me to so many amazing and courageous people who inspire me to carry on when things get tough; these people are like a small family who I will keep in contact with for many, many years. This year I will be competing in the adults division, which means there will be more competition and I am willing to take this on. I will be competing against some brilliant people, including friends I have made.  Having gone to Argentina for the world transplant games, I am determined to go to the next games which are being held in Malaga in 2017. I need to train hard in order to be selected again to be part of Team GB, so much of my time will be spent in the gym and pool.

Thoughts of my donor and family keep me motivated to be the best I can be and to celebrate this amazing chance at life I have been given. I want to encourage people to become an organ donor and offer others this special gift. You can join the donor register online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

‘Live life….give life’


Hannah Attenburrow
Date: 01/03/2016
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
Source: Dreams Come True




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