While waiting for another lung transplant, I learned that time is a wicked concept: there is so much of it, but never enough.
My wife and I opted for a surrogate to carry our child following her double-lung transplant. After five years of struggling with a bad surrogacy agency, we finally switched providers and found a surrogate who is now carrying our child.
A sudden health setback turned my eventual lung transplant into an immediate one. Although the transplant didn’t go exactly to plan, my preparation helped the process go more smoothly.
My brother, Josh, who has cystic fibrosis has been through more struggles than anyone I know, but he has always kept a positive attitude -- even while awaiting a lung transplant. This outlook on life inspires me and helps me see the best case in any outcome.
I resisted being listed for a lung transplant; but now, almost six years later I’m thankful — especially to my donor — for my new life.
In my experience, the best way to support a loved one with cystic fibrosis is to listen closely and remember the details of his or her most common treatments and complaints.
A life with cystic fibrosis taught me how to be sick. After a lung transplant, I had to learn how to be well.