A new lease of life

Kidney Failure is not the End of the World, and I’ve been there to prove it!

Hi, my name is Cim Bartlett and four years ago I was waiting for a new kidney. I needed a transplant and thanks to the generosity and love of my brother Jonas, I didn’t have to wait very long. But not everybody is as lucky as me – in the UK alone, 400 people die every year waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. I have a new life because I had a kidney donated by Jonas. I can hardly express what a difference this has made.

Cim and Jonas Cim Ice Climbing steps-of-number-10-medium

In October 2007 I heard about this expedition to the Antarctic and decided to use it as an opportunity to show what a difference people can make as a live donor.

Four years ago, it was an expedition for me just to walk upstairs, and when I found out I needed a kidney transplant it felt like my world was ending. Then I found out my blood group meant I was in for a long wait for a suitable kidney. It felt like I was going to be one of those statistics – until my brother said he was willing to help me. Like so many people in the UK, I was on dialysis – waiting for that transplant, waiting for my new life to begin. Now it feels like I have a second chance. I want others to have that chance too and with your help we can help give more people a chance for a new lease on life. And with so much in the news about about donor cards and transplants, there is a real opportunity to make a difference this year.

I’m from Sweden and I feel most at home with winter and snow. I can go by car to the Arctic, but going to Antarctica, being surrounded by snow and ice, kayaking, ice climbing and skiing and being far away from hospitals and cities proves I’m fit and well. I want to show what can be done after a transplant and inspire others.

How you can help

With my husband Jerry, we are using this Antarctic Odyssey to raise £5000 for Transplants in Mind, helping them raise awareness and fund research for all aspects of donation and transplantation. Our special interest is for live kidney donation and we will be taking part in Transplant Week 2008, in July to promote this. There will be lots of media interest, events and there will be speaking opportunities for us to show what we’ve acheived.

Help us reach our targets and you help give somebody new life.
Please visit our Contribute! page and then maybe see yourself on the Sponsors page.
You can also read our stories and find out what it is like being a donor, a recipient and a carer.
We have a Blog too, where you can follow us on our journey.

Cim with Bula hat

Cim Bartlett. Woking, England. 2008

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2 Responses

  1. This thing is getting really close now and I can’t wait!

    Is there another Money Masters between now and then?

    Or another time when we will all meet up again?

  2. Hej,
    Det är så rörande att läsa alla era berättelser om transplantationen. Cim du har hållit humöret uppe och varit så positiv till och med under den värsta tiden. Du är fantastisk! Jerry du har varit ett enormt stöd för både Cim och Jonas. Och du Jonas; vilket hjältedåd!

    Och det ska bli så spännande att följa er resa.
    Lycka till!
    Stor kram till er alla tre från Heli

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