BULL Creek liver transplant recipient Glenda Rayment said the sense of wellbeing was immediate on waking from surgery with a new liver 14 years ago.
While the donor remains anonymous, Mrs Rayment will send medals won at the coming Transplant Games to her donor family.
She will compete this month in Sydney in pentanque, darts, lawn bowls, dragonboat racing, and Sudoku.
Mrs Rayment first joined the games with a fellow transplant recipient, competing in the walking and cycling events back in 2004.
“The whole aim of Transplant Australia is to encourage organ and tissue donations and shows people the effects of organ donation,” she said.
The Games are held every two years, to gather up to 1500 organ recipients including children, donor families and living donors.
The West Leeming Primary School teacher of 26 years retired mid-year and is forever grateful for the gift of life she was given through organ donation.
Mrs Rayment was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder which she had for nine years before her health deteriorated to the point she could no longer work or clean her home.
With a rare blood type, she wasn’t sure she would ever find a match but one was quickly secured and she received the liver transplant at age 52.
“Mine was quick. I was very fortunate. Some people wait 18 months or more,” Mrs Rayment said.
For more information about the Australian Organ Donor Register, visit donatelife.gov.au.