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Hello everyone, my name is Karen Rydstrom. I’m 54 yrs old and in need of a double lung transplant.

It all started about 13 yrs ago. I would have trouble breathing with everything I did. I just chalked it up to my job or jobs. I would get sick and go to the dr and be diagnosed with bronchitis and was put on inhalers and a nebulizer. About 3 yrs ago I had been hospitalized for my breathing and had finally been referred to a pulmonary Dr. He did some testing and told me I only had 26% lung function. He put me on 2 liters of Oxygen. I then told him I wanted to see about a lung transplant as I had to much left to live for.

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April 24, 2019

Well I went to Minneapolis for my 6 mo check up. All my bloodwork and breathing tests are holding in the same ranges as last time. They said to keep doing my pulmonary rehab and exercises. I was suppose to get on the research study but they never showed up to talk to me. I finally got to go to the support group meeting and it was good seeing everyone again. I was the only one in the room that hasn’t been transplanted yet. That was a heartbreaker but I was happy for everyone and how good the ire all doing. I will be there one day. God has my plan. I go to Omaha on the 29th of May for updated testing.. I’ll keep saying my prayers.

March 12, 2019

Hello everyone, sorry it took me so long to post this update. I’ve been in the process since Oct, 2018 to get listed in Omaha. Done my tests they needed and was denied the first time. Did some more tests and still denied. I got some upset I almost gave up on them. Then I had one final appointment last Monday and after all that I was put on their list as of Friday 3/8/2019. The best news is they don’t have anybody on their lung transplant list right now. God has been amazing to me and I know he’ll let me know when it’s my turn. I’ve been so blessed with so many prayers from everyone I can never thank them all enough. I’m ready for the next step and I’m not afraid cause I’ve done my research and have talked to the Drs. extensively and met with a lot of people that have been through it all.

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April 10, 2019

God Bless you in your journey. You got this!

Susan Brand (Mortweet)

April 10, 2019

Praying that soon you will get that call from Omaha on your lung transplant. You are in our prayers. God bless!

karen k smith