Mum transforms life following kidney transplant to compete for Team GB

For six and a half years, Pam Lane was on dialysis. Then, one month after her fiftieth birthday, everything changed.

Talking at the first ever ‘Don’t Tell Me I Can’t’ event, the wife and mum revealed how thanks to a life-changing kidney transplant, her world was ‘wonderfully transformed’. The event, from the makers of GoodToKnow, Woman&Home, Woman and Ideal Home magazine, and in association with JD Williams, took place in Manchester in February 2018.

Pam is now working towards an accomplishment she had never dreamed of before – competing for Team GB in the World Transplant Games.

Last year, Pam achieved her goal of compositing for Team GB at the World Transplant Games in Malaga – something she had trained tirelessly for. Her hard work paid off, and watched by her husband and children she won three medals – two silver and one bronze.

The mum admitted that her success in Malaga, getting fit during training and losing an incredible two stone in the process all gave her a new confidence, and the determination to keep going. So now, six years after her life transforming kidney transplant, Pam has her sights set on a new goal, competing at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle in 2018.

‘Just don’t tell me I can’t!’ a determined Pam quipped.

Pam was part of a panel of inspirational women who also spoke and shared their experiences at the event in Manchester in February.

‘Pam especially inspired me’ said one audience member from the event. ‘To have set backs like that in life and still take life by horns’ they continued, ‘you just have to go for it.’

Also joining Pam for a discussion in front of a live audience was Faith Archer, a former finance journalist who, after moving away from the city to raise her family in the country with her husband, turned her talents for money saving into an informative and engaging blog called ‘Much More With Less’.

Faith spent a week with the team here at GoodtoKnow, learning how to help her blog reach a much wider audience and how to achieve her ambitious goals with her blog in the future. We have no doubt she will achieve them!