COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)…what a terrible disease…Do you know what it is like to take your breath through a straw every day?
That is lung disease … scary to not be able to breathe. Scary not to be able to make a bed. Scary to not be able to stand in the shower. Once the lungs are failing, there is not a quality of life…I found out. But I never realized how scary until it comes to about 12% of your lungs are left.
That is when the thought of a lung transplant is your only real hope. Never wanting it to come to that, but what other choice is there. None.
Becoming a lung transplant candidate is a process in itself. It is the best physical you will ever have…and not counting the HUGE amount of blood work that is to be done. This testing is so important as to match your blood type and your other requirements to the perfect donor that is giving you something that they can not use anymore. Bless our donors.
So bad, so short of breath, once on the list, could be weeks…could be months…I was lucky and only 3 months wait. I don’t think I could have lasted much longer without this miracle operation.
Recovery can be slow. But once we realize we are breathing once more, as we did so many years ago, it’s amazing.
Walking is simple once more. Swimming in the pool, holding your breath, wow. Never thought I would ever be … rolling on the floor with the kids… and still be able to get up. Lots of laughter and lots of tears for the happiness and the emotional journey that was made. The transplant staff became family. We all celebrate together. The bucket list is ready to tackle: the long Ocean Cruise is ahead, the flights to another part of the world, the steps to the Grand Canyon, high altitudes are no longer a problem.
LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE I COME …
Debi-Lou – Transplant Date: August 8, 2012
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A lung transplant transforms lives affected by diseases such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and COPD. These diseases affect more than 15 million Americans and are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Rejection rates for lung transplant recipients are worse than that of any transplanted organ. We want to change that through funding research to stop all lung transplant rejection. We can’t do it alone. We invite you to help people like Debi-Lou. Make a donation or more about how you can be involved.