“You think to yourself, ‘Oh, it's pneumonia. It'll heal.’
Not all pneumonias heal.”
It started with a bout of pneumonia that Carol thought would eventually go away. Unfortunately it didn't. "It's like, 'What is happening to me? What is this?' Especially when you consider yourself still young."
Carol's doctors determined that she needed a double lung transplant. It was a difficult time for her and her family as they waited for a donor. Fortunately, Carol received that life-changing call and her transplant in June of 2009. Since then she's been able to live on her own again. She's thankful for the opportunity to play with her grandchildren and to win a silver medal at the Transplant Games.
Carol greatly appreciates the gift her donor's family gave her. "I can honestly say - my friends, my family, my Mom, my Dad, my children couldn't have given me this. They did...How do you thank somebody that has given you life?"
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