images – ©Ness Lockyer 2015
For those of you that have followed the journey of Marley & Lockyer, would know of the health journey we have been dealing with also. It was first mentioned in Australian Country Style in June 2012 which I blogged about as well as the video interview, also made by Annette Cohen from Country Style
My Husband, Mic, was diagnosed with end stage renal failure in 2003 and we were given a pretty grim outlook from the then specialist. This lead me to research every medical paper, journal, blog etc to find answers and information…that was 13 years ago.
In that time Mic has held his own. Keeping fit and active, still working and functioning as any health person does. With my qualifications as a Personal Trainer, we have made sure to very mindful of his diet, as ultimately, his kidneys must deal with it at some stage. So, we went gluten/diary/grain free and he has been amazing…until recently.
His health started to decline after years of being stable, which we knew would happen eventually, but he fought the whole way. So, the questions were asked about finding a live donor and us having to think of dialysis options. We were lucky to have a family member be tested (Mic never wanted me to be tested because of our children), but that was decided against at the very end by the surgeons. With his health and our family in mind, I put my hand up to be tested. This has all happened in a matter of 3 weeks.
He is still riding his bike whenever he can and still working…and still not on dialysis and we hope to keep it that way until the surgery, so don’t worry – he’s a fighter that’s for sure and an extraordinary man.
The outlook has been amazing…I am a match! The surgery is booked for this coming April the 28th, my birthday…4 weeks and 4 days away!
So, I will have to take time to recover and also be there for Mic during his recovery. Having said that, this will mean that this weekends Niche market in Launceston will be my last one for a while. I will be back on board for the second half of years market series, as well as something SUPER special that is in the works for June.
I apologise for not being as ‘available’ as I normally am, but hopefully now you can see that there was a reason behind it.
I have had to pull back on custom orders and am trying to get as much done as I can before it happens, and will close the shop for a while to recover, but I am only one person and Mic and our boys are my utmost priority. Everyone who has been told already has been SO supportive and understanding and I am so thankful to have such wonderful people around me. Our own support network is amazing and Mic and I are super thankful for everyone and their kind wishes and thoughts for a safe and successful transplant…we will need everyone of them.
This can change at any moment, right up until the day of the surgery, so please keep us in your hearts.
So, for my birthday this year I am giving my best friend (who’s birthday is a few days later) a gift towards a better life. I am so happy and blessed to be able to have this opportunity to potentially make our family journey a little easier. ~Ness xx
Today is World Kidney Day.
Please use it to talk to your family about how you feel about organ donation…it is super important.
“You have not really lived a day, until you have given someone a gift they can not repay”