Monday, August 17, 2009

Off to Brisbane for World Transplant Games

Three generations of Woolfs head to Brisbane this Saturday at the unearthly check-in time of 4.40am to head to the World Transplant Games. We are all excited, no doubt, except for the prospect of having to wake up at 3.30am to get ready!

Grandma, Aunties (three cheers for Aunty Unu who is just out of one of the world's most killing chemo regimes and out and about with us!), Princess and I are excited about the prospects of seeing other organ recipients run, swim, play golf, and do things most normal people do. Princess hasn't practiced much. But as a liver transplant recipient, she lives a damn normal life. She swims an hour a week, trains for gymnastics between 3 to 4.5 hours lately, and plays tennis for 2 hours on Fridays. In between, there is math tuition, piano and Mandarin lessons. What a full life!

I am excited over seeing a good friend who lives in Brisbane -- her family has dotted on Princess the day they knew her. Also, we are excited about seeing another friend who has also moved from NZ to Brisbane (WHAT IS IT ABOUT BRISBANE THAT ATTRACTS KIWIS?)

Hubby continues to be on site in Wanganui. So he can only cheer from across the ditch.

Brisbane will remind us of the gift of life from our organ donour (from Australia). We stand in constant humble awe and thanks for the precious gift - from an unknown person.


  1. Good luck to all the Woolfs, especially your Princess. Take care of personal hygiene in this flu season.


  2. Wow, did not realised Julia was going to the Transplant Games, I thought you were going over to the WaterWorld etc with your visiting cousin. Anyway, she is such a go-getter, and busier than you-lah. hahaha. Anyway, may the Force Be With You Julia. Good Luck and Enjoy yourselves too.
    Good Luck and hugs to you Julia; and a Happy Birthday for the 27th,

  3. world transplant games!! interesting to me. best of luck to all of the woolfs. Great article. Those who donate organs,,i salute to them for their great contribution to the humanity..

    1. Many thanks Alexa. Yes, the games are held every two years, the last one being in Durban, South Africa, the next in 2015, will be in Argentina. Yes, we never go a day without thinking about how lucky our girl is! Blessings, may you be well always!


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