Colleen Ashby

Colleen lives in the Perth Hills, in Western Australia. A former high school special-needs educational assistant and fitness instructor; she is also a type 1 diabetic. With her heart failing, Colleen was finally put on the transplant list and had a heart transplant in January 2017. It wasn’t something normally offered to type 1 diabetics. While she was given a new heart, Colleen lost 95% of her sight. This hasn’t stopped her indomitable spirit or living life to its fullest. She is an advocate for DonateLife WA, has been a ‘poster-girl for Vision Australia, a participant in the Transplant Games and a supporter of Transplant Australia. Colleen is sharing her story of resilience in the hope it will inspire and encourage people to appreciate what they have and what they can achieve. With her experience, knowledge and zest for life, Colleen aims to be a mentor and motivational speaker.