Leah MacRae

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl -

My friend Lisa Her­twig is 25.

She has cys­tic fi­bro­sis and has been wait­ing for a life-sav­ing dou­ble lung trans­plant for nearly three years.

Last year she got the call she had been wait­ing for when she was told po­ten­tial lungs were avail­able for her.

She was rushed to New­cas­tle and prepped for theatre.

She waited with her fam­ily, ex­chang­ing words of com­fort and love.

We sent text mes­sages to each other about how fright­ened she was and how much we all love her.

Then she was told the op­er­a­tion wasn’t go­ing ahead. Just like that, her chance was gone.

She then had to make the long jour­ney back from New­cas­tle, bro­ken and in shock from the whirl­wind she had found her­self in.

This was an emo­tion­ally trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for Lisa that took her a while to re­cover from.

So, when the call came a few weeks ago for the sec­ond time, she only told her par­ents and three clos­est friends.

No one knew she was be­ing rushed down again, that she was prepped for theatre again, that she was say­ing all of the things a per­son wants to say be­fore a huge op­er­a­tion again and no one knew that she was given the news that the op­er­a­tion wasn’t to go ahead… again.

Once home, Lisa posted a video on Face­book ex­plain­ing what had hap­pened and her rea­sons for not telling us.

Watch­ing that video ab­so­lutely broke my heart. She ex­plained that watch­ing us hurt, hurts her even more. Hear­ing our sym­pa­thy makes her feel worse.

Talk­ing about wait­ing for her new lungs she said: “It’s like be­ing di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal can­cer and the doc­tor say­ing ‘We might give you life-sav­ing chemo ther­apy, but then we might not, you’ll just have to wait and see’ and then you wait ev­ery day for the phone to ring while you get more and more sick.”

Right now in Scot­land, there are 560 peo­ple wait­ing for a life-sav­ing trans­plant.

If more or­gans were avail­able, peo­ple like my wee Lisa wouldn’t have to face this anx­ious wait.

Ev­ery­one has their own thoughts and feel­ings about or­gan do­na­tion and it is ab­so­lutely your own de­ci­sion. But if the phrase “I’m not too both­ered” or “I just haven’t got round to it” come to mind when you are sit­ting read­ing this won­der­ful wee pa­per, then I ap­peal to you right now to please, please ‘#Take2min­utes’ more out of your day and sign the or­gan donor reg­is­ter then dis­cuss your wishes with your fam­ily.

The great­est gift I can give to my wee brave friend is to get as many peo­ple to sign the reg­is­ter as pos­si­ble and the great­est gift any of us all can give to an­other in the event of our own death is life.

To sign the or­gan do­na­tion Scot­land reg­is­ter visit : www. or­gan­do­na­tion­scot­land.org or call 0300 123 2323

I am a very proud Am­bas­sador of the But­ter­fly Trust.. They pro­vide sup­port for peo­ple with Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis in Scot­land - please visit www.but­ter­fly­trust.org. uk for more in­for­ma­tion about Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis.

It’s the mo­ment ev­ery curvy lassie dreads hap­pen­ing.

Yes ladies and gen­tle­men, this week on set… I broke a chair with my bum!

Gayle (Caitlin) , Ben (Drew) and I were film­ing, and at one point I sit down on a chair.

I sat on the chair in re­hearsal and snap! The leg buck­led be­neath me. I was in hys­ter­ics, the crew all came run­ning to help but I was ab­so­lutely fine.

How­ever when we came to shoot the scene we couldn’t get through it be­cause ev­ery time I had to sit on the chair, Gayle and I burst out laugh­ing.

So River City fans, when you are watch­ing an episode in the sum­mer with the three of us in the kitchen and I sit down at the kitchen ta­ble, you will know that mo­ments be­fore I was on my bum on the stu­dio floor, eyes peek­ing over the ta­ble and tears of laugh­ter stream­ing down my face af­ter wreck­ing the set.

I came across this great wee busi­ness on twit­ter: ‘Named Capes’ (Twit­ter: @ capesNamed)

I thought th­ese might boost the morale of our very own lit­tle su­per­heroes who are so brave whilst re­ceiv­ing hospi­tal treat­ment, so I’ve asked a cou­ple of wee cheeky Shield­inch favourites to come and visit the chil­dren’s hospi­tal with me in the sum­mer… watch this space.

I’d like to ded­i­cate this to my beloved hubby:

‘ I love you so much, ex­cept when you snore. Then I want to hit you with a shovel.’ –Anony­mous

Do­na­tion plea Leah with her pal, Lisa Her­twig, who is wait­ing for a lung trans­plant

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