Letter to the editor: Become a donor, save a life

Posted 12/4/14

The holidays are a time for celebration and for being thankful for family, friends and good health. For the approximately 2,500 people awaiting organ donations in Colorado, it's a time of hope that …

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Letter to the editor: Become a donor, save a life

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The holidays are a time for celebration and for being thankful for family, friends and good health. For the approximately 2,500 people awaiting organ donations in Colorado, it's a time of hope that the New Year will bring good news and a phone call that could change their lives.

In 2001, this waiting game became my reality when I was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis that would eventually lead to liver failure. I was given just 10 years to live unless I received a liver transplant.

After 12 long years, I received that life-changing call. The day started out like any other and after so many years of anticipating that moment, when I answered the phone I burst into tears knowing that I was finally going to get a second chance at life. Since receiving the transplant, my energy is back and I am starting to live my life again. I even competed in the Transplant Games of America this past summer, a feat that I could have never imagined during my sickest days.

This year I am proud to be marching in Denver's 40th Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights on Dec. 5 and 6 to escort the Donate Life Colorado "Gift of Life" balloon surrounded by others who have been touched by donation. I invite all of you to attend the parade to cheer us on, or tune in to watch for us on TV.

I hope that by telling my story I inspire others to say "yes" to organ, eye and tissue donation. DonatelifeColorado.org is a great resource with the facts you need to make an informed decision about donation and to register as a donor online. You can also register while obtaining a driver's license or state ID.

Yvette Mathews

Parker

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