Meet Miranda. This woman is one of the most inspiring women you'll ever meet. Miranda is a wife and mum of 2 year old Harry, born via egg donation and surrogacy, a writer and lover of life. At age 32; Miranda underwent a heart transplant. This is her open letter to the donor who gave her a second chance at life.
Seven months ago you died. I still don’t know who you were…I don’t know your name. I will never see you smile, hear your laugh or be able to share a drink and chat with you. I don’t know how long you spent roaming this planet, or if you travelled far and wide. I will never know if you had children or if you were male or female.
But I do know how your heart beats. It is my heart song, I feel it beat in my chest while I am still. At first this worried me, I was not used to such a passionate beat, but I was assured that it is because your heart, our heart, is healthy and strong. A fit and healthy heart lives inside me, I haven’t been able to say that for most of my adult life. There are approximately 1400 people waiting on transplant lists at any one time around Australia.
You have given me back to my family, to my friends. I am an active member now, instead of a wallflower, too sick and exhausted from simply breathing to enjoy life to its fullest. I regularly exercise now, down by the beach, I walk 6km from one end of the esplanade to the other. I am addicted to the rush of energy I feel after exercising. After a decade of sickness I had forgotten life’s simple joys. I painted a fence last week, a whole fence. Only a year ago that would have been an impossible task. That’s what you have done for me, given me the freedom to accomplish my dreams. Whether they be to train for a marathon or complete DIY projects.
You gave me a second chance at life….at living.