Thompson also found motivation connecting with the transplant community. “It didn't matter where you were from, everyone was there encouraging people. If you were the first person or the last person in a race, it just didn't matter, people would cheer you on. Everyone is so supportive of each other,” she says.
Being around so many other transplant recipients, brought her own experience into a new light.
“When I had my transplant I was just 13 years old. I was a teenager and just wanted to get on to being normal and get on with my life and fit in,” Thompson explains. “It was quite isolating when I went through it but [the Games] actually made me realize there's a lot of people it’s happening to and you're not alone.”
Even now, Thompson explains that she and every transplant recipient has to stay on medicine their entire life and are forever at a higher risk of infection. With a little extra care, you can have a full and relatively normal life, but, for her and so many others around the world, it remains a constant part of life.