Here are some Lung Transplant Patient Stories.
Young Man Celebrates Life After Lung Transplant
Two years ago, 24-year-old Joe was tethered to an oxygen tank and fighting
cystic fibrosis (CF) for every breath. This year, he walked in two of
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides events to benefit cystic
Since receiving a lung transplant in June 2011 at the our Lung Center,
Joe has been working out at the gym and playing volleyball and basketball
with friends. No longer relegated to the sidelines, he is reaching new
levels of strength and endurance.
Joe is using his new physical powers to help others with CF. “I wasn’t
granted two healthy lungs of my own. I want people with CF to know that
there is hope – that life goes on,” he said. “The walk
is a chance for others to understand the effects of CF and to help.”
As a member of the Volunteer Club at the County College of Morris, Joe
suggested that he and fellow club members consider participating in Great
Strides. The group immediately formed theBreathe for Joe team that walked in his honor in Succasunna/Roxbury. The following weekend,
Joe joined the Lung Center’s
Living Lungs team of physicians, nurses, staff and other lung transplant recipients
who walked at Great Strides in Paramus.
“As funny as this might sound, I am proud of my CF,” said Joe.
“It made me who I am. I think it’s the reason I am close to
my family and that I value every moment.”
Helping others has been a theme in Joe’s life. Last year, he participated
in a walk to fight breast cancer and during his difficult wait for a lung
transplant, he decided that one thing he could do for others was grow
his hair for Locks of Love.
Joe believes that life does not offer any guarantees. Even after his double
lung transplant, he prefers to live in the present. For now, the farthest
he wants to look ahead is the World Cup event that will be held in Brazil.
A big soccer fan with family in that country, he is planning to attend
several of the international soccer matches. This is a rare instance in
which Joe will be happy to be sitting on the sidelines.