Welcome to a "gifted life" with Lauren Rowe
Former CF patient, double lung transplant recipient, Lauren is dedicated to raising awareness about organ donation, supporting transplant recipients & being an inspiration to all. Read her story and watch her YouTube clips below.
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In the past few months I have mentioned the name ‘Gifted Life’ on my social media.
I’m often asked about ‘Gifted Life’, what it is and what does it stand for. ‘Gifted Life’ is a charity which supports and empowers transplant recipients and was founded by the inspirational Lauren Rowe. Lauren is a double lung transplant recipient herself.
You might well ask how ‘All About Style’ became associated with Lauren and her charity. In 2015 Lauren’s mother Shayne purchased an All About style gift voucher for her eldest daughter, Katie. That was the beginning of an amazing journey for us all…
Lauren and Shayne were amazed at what I could do with Katie’s wardrobe, so they also became my clients. We discussed the body shape; how to highlight your greatest assets and how to disguise parts you’re not happy with. Let’s be honest, we all have something we aren’t happy with.
We played with warm and cool colours, so we can choose a colour pallet to create a mix and match wardrobe which suits both their personality and lifestyle.
Early this year Lauren asked me if I would like to hold my ‘Dressing for You’ workshop at an Empowerment Day held by ‘Gifted Life’ in Sydney. I was very honoured and excited to meet these women and be able to share heaps of tips and hints on how to dress with confidence.
I believe without confidence we can’t live our life to its full potential.
The Empowerment Day was a great success and Lauren shared her dream to take this event around Australia and to be able to share fashion, style, makeup and plenty of fun and laughter with many other transplant recipients.
What she needed was funding and Lauren went on a mission to get it. She entered The Women’s Weekly Women of the Future competition – and guess what? Lauren won the Peoples Choice Award and was placed second in the Judges award. The dream has now begun in earnest, with first stop Melbourne.
The event was named ‘Love You, Love Life’ and was an inspirational day full of fun and laughter. It’s such a privilege to meet so many women from all walks of life and to listen to their journeys. I truly believe I also have a ‘Gifted Life’ by association with this wonderful organisation. Next stop, Perth at the beginning of 2017…
Introducing Lauren Rowe
Lauren Rowe starts Gifted Life charity to help transplant survivors and becomes Women of the Year semi-finalist.
DOUBLE lung transplant recipient Lauren Rowe wants to break down the misconceptions surrounding organ and tissue donation and has set up the charity Gifted Life to raise awareness and support recipients on the next chapter of their lives.
The Raby resident, 26, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby, was 19, on the organ donor waiting list and with her health rapidly deteriorating when she got the call in 2010 that two donor lungs had been found and her lifesaving operation would proceed.
“A transplant is a wonderful treatment but it’s not a cure,” Ms Rowe said. “I would be six feet under without it. I’m grateful for the time I have. It’s nowhere near perfect but I am making the most of it.”
After the operation, Ms Rowe moved to the city, completed an advanced diploma in acting and got on with her life. However in 2014, she started noticing shortness of breath and found out her body was rejecting her lungs.
“I lost a lot of quality of life and I thought I’m not going to make it because my body was not responding to treatment,” she said. “Then my lungs decided to stop rejecting.”
Today, with 30 per cent lung capacity, and after returning to live in Raby, Ms Rowe remains focused on her health, her charity and helping others.
She is also a semi-finalist for Women of the Future, an award being run by the Australian Women’s Weekly. Ms Rowe prepares care packs for people undergoing a transplant operation and takes them to hospitals.
The packs contain items including toothbrushes and toothpaste. She also hosts empowerment days for female organ and tissue donor recipients at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney’s The Rocks. The days feature make-up artists and fashion stylists.
“I want to help recipients make the transition (post operation) as easy as possible,” she said.
“I also talk to them on a personal nature. I’m there to support the recipients who don’t have a voice. I want them to be realistic.”
Ms Rowe also encourages more people to join the Australian Organ Donor Register as she fears many misconceptions may deter residents from signing up. The Australian Donation rate is 18.3 donors per million people. Figures from Transplant Australia show there were 1500 people on the waiting list in 2015.
“People think that if they put their name down to become an organ donor, medical staff won’t try to save your life if you have a serious accident but that’s untrue,” she said. “Some people think you can’t have an open casket but that’s also not true. “Your body won’t go to science research. That’s another misconception.”
Ms Rowe, 26, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby, and had a double lung transplant in 2010, wants to break down the misconceptions surrounding organ and tissue donation.
Lauren Rowe says an organ transplant is a wonderful treatment but not a cure. She wants to support transplant recipients who don’t have a voice.
We urge you to watch these YouTube clips and get ready for a good laugh. Lauren approaches her life with great humour and a refreshing approach. She is passionate about supporting transplant recipients, enjoy!