Trudy Sharp, 43 (in the picture), has digestion problems and the only thing that passes her lips is three cups of tea a day. Mrs Sharp, a housewife, survives on a liquid food being fed directly into her system at meal times. “It’s not easy watching everyone else eat, while I have to get by on tea. I’d love to sit down to a really romantic three-course meal with all the trimmings and lots of wine. “But over the years I’ve learnt to make do with a simple cuppa. No one knows tea better than I do!”. Mrs Sharp, who lives in Milton Keynes, Bucks, with her husband Barry, 44, first developed intestinal difficulties when her appendix burst as a teenager. The problems persisted for most of her adult life, and reached a critical point in 2006 when doctors said she needed a colectomy - the removal of her large and small bowel. Since the diagnosis, she has been forced to eat liquid meals fed via a tube inserted into her neck. It means she is forced to carry her daily rations with her in a four-litre rucksack wherever she goes. Mrs Sharp is also limited to drinking three cups of tea per day. A fourth cup may overload and damage her system. She is now at the top of a transplant waiting list at Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The hospital is one of only two in the country to carry out multi-organ transplants and is appealing for more people to sign up to become donors. But Mrs Sharp, a former assembly worker, remains confident about the future. "Every day I count my blessings that I am still here. But to be honest, a life without eating food is not much of a life. I dream that one day soon a donor will be found and I will be able to lead a normal life at last”.