My second anonymous letter to the kidney recipients, April 2004:
Itís now quite a while since you received your new
kidney. I hope that it is
functioning properly, that you are well & that it has improved your life.
As it happens, I met Julie at work in Seattle in October
& we were married in a quiet ceremony in Las Vegas in December, just before
I returned to my home in Canberra, Australia.
She lives in Seattle, has visited me in Australia, & we are currently
working on a visa application for her to join me as a permanent resident, which
we expect to be around September of this year.
Of course I still miss my beloved Doris very much, although
the pain of losing her has at least started to diminish.
I grieved very heavily for her in the first few months, which probably
showed through in the letter that I wrote then.
She is still greatly missed by her former friends & colleagues in
I would really love to hear from you, not just to know how
you are going, but also to help me along on my own journey in life.
I do realise that this may be difficult for you to do, but I encourage
you to take that step.
Perhaps an e-mail message to Valerie Maury at Life Center
NorthWest (firstname.lastname@example.org), the organ
donor organisation with whom I have contact, might be a little easier.
I hope to hear from you soon.