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Sandy Needs Our Help!

Our friend Sandy received the devastating diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis Lung Disease around a year ago today. This is a progressive condition which causes scarring and extensive damage to both lungs. There is no cure for this disease, a lung transplant is her only hope for survival.

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July 28, 2018

7/30/18 Yay!!! Feeding tube is being removed and back to eating real food by mouth!

May 7, 2018

As you might know, Sandy recently had her lung transplant and is doing well. She received “the call” on late March 30th, the lung was a strong healthy match. They prepped her, took her at midnight…and early morning March 31st, she came out successfully with a new lung.

In the first week, while being in the hospital and actively being monitored, tired, medicated and soar, she remained grateful for her new lung. After being released, she remained on Northwestern’s campus for 3 days for post-surgery follow-ups. With her final release, she is now on her way to stay at a friend’s house to be taken care of by friends and family.

Sandy’s post-surgery weekly clinic’s consists of lab work, and meeting with her team, Pulmonary, the dietician, the pharmacist and the Lung Transplant head nurse, as well as, any additional tests ordered on that day. These are long and hard days for Sandy, but again remains grateful.

As of her recent clinic, May 2, her lungs are now working at 71% post-transplant ,compared to 15% pre-transplant. Along with her lung function, all of her other tests are great! The doctors are positive and impressed with Sandy’s progress and are hopeful she can drive and go back home soon.

She will will have long-term follow-up with therapy and medications, but remains positive and with her determination, family & friends, she will continue to grow stronger every day.

On behalf of Sandy, her family and friends, thank you for your thoughts and support.

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December 18, 2017

Sandra, May God bless you and heal you! Hope

Sherri Vohaska

December 8, 2017

Dear, sweet Sandy, I wish there was more I could do to help you. I pray for you daily, and continue to send you love and wishes for healing, strength and comfort. I love you and am looking forward to spending time again with you!!

Tara M.

December 7, 2017

Sandy, Thinking of you and sending you Light and Love as you move through this difficult journey...I will hold you close to my heart.....Peace and Love,

Betty Andrysiak

December 6, 2017

Wishing you the best, be a good patient!

Linda Waco