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Daisy Friedman

I received a liver, small bowel and pancreas transplant as a child.

As a transplant patient, I’ve always known that I looked different than everyone else and I had a different life experience. I think my transplant made me a lot less worried about conformity because I already knew it was physically impossible for me to be exactly the same as everyone else, so it’d serve me better to embrace my individuality.

I think my transplant made me have more empathy and realize the meaning of living a full life, so I always worked hard to achieve that full life.

My transplant made it possible for me to get the place I am today. I don’t think I would be as passionate about writing other people’s stories if there wasn’t a time in my life where I didn’t know how to write my own.