Transplant Games – Q&A with Jenny
Jenny, wife of Paul, one of our Salford Royal Kidney Ambassadors, talks about her experience of supporting Paul in the Transplant Games. Read her perspective on the Transplant Games and why she thinks it is a great thing to get involved in!
- Tell me about yourself.
My name is Jenny Reynolds. I have been married to Paul for ten years and we have two children. We were together for some time before we were aware of his illness, which came as a bit of a shock to say the least. From first diagnosis to dialysis, there was not much time – only about three years. He had been quite a fit and healthy guy beforehand. Our children were still quite small (five and two) by the time he needed to go on peritoneal dialysis.
- How does it feel to see Paul participate in the transplant games?
To see Paul compete in the Transplant Games makes me extremely proud. Of course I am proud of the success, but also the sustained effort and training he has put in to get there. However, I think the overriding feeling is of how far we have come since the days of dialysis and treatment. Sometimes this feels like a lifetime ago, although it is only a few short years. This is a testament to the dedication of the NHS staff and the help they have given, and continue to give.
- What has been your involvement in the transplant games?
I have primarily been involved in the Transplant Games as a supporter of Paul, and of course the Manchester team. The friendliness and camaraderie of the team and supporters is quite striking. I have also competed in the donor run, this has given me the chance to be involved and feel part of the action.
- What would you say to other partners of transplant patients about being involved in the transplant games?
The whole event is a very humbling experience, and an enjoyable one! The Games has such an atmosphere of hope. Every competitor and supporter has their own story, from the pre-schoolers to veterans. Whether they are sporting elite or competing for the fun of it, the fact they are there at all is a victory in itself. There is also no way the potential health benefits of the sports and events can be ignored. The Games is certainly motivation to be more active!
- Sum up your experience of the transplant games in three words.
Togetherness, hope, possibility.
- How did it feel to see Paul as a Salford Royal Kidney Ambassador on World Kidney Day?
Since his transplant Paul has been keen to spread the word where he can about organ donation. The main focus of his part of the day was activity and the positive impact the Transplant Games has had on his life. He certainly is not shy to discuss this, and why not if it can encourage people to take part and feel the same benefits! Watching him do this and show that there is hope and opportunities after kidney failure made me a very happy and proud wife.
If you are interested in getting involved in the British Transplant Games, check out their website at http://www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk – the deadline is FRIDAY 12TH MAY!
Why not have a read of this blog by one of our consultants talking about her experience of the British Transplant Games? You can find the blog here: http://gmkin.org.uk/salford-royal-transplant-games-2017.
You can find Paul’s article here: http://gmkin.org.uk/transplant-games-q-paul-reynolds