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My sister Carol has recently been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Disease (IPD) which causes progressive scarring on her lungs and prevents normal airflow. In other words, she has extreme difficulty breathing even on oxygen and will require a lung transplant to live. This disease affects about 200,000 people in the US each year, there is no cure, and it’s unclear what causes it. Without a transplant, the expected life expectancy is between 2 and 5 years from the date of diagnosis.

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December 3, 2021

Carol has been recovering nicely since surgery. After her release from the hospital, she was required to stay near the hospital to monitor her recovery carefully. After nearly two months of living in a hotel in downtown Chicago, Carol was finally given the OK to go home just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. She still has a ways to go with recovery but suffice it to say thanks to all your help and prayers she’s “breathing” easier!

Many thanks to all of you who have supported Carol during this time! Your generosity and prayers have been overwhelming!

September 30, 2021

Carol got the call at 8:30 in the morning on Thursday September 16 that there was a lung available. By 3pm she was on the table and had a new lung by 6pm. Today is September 29, 2020 and Carol was released from the hospital late this afternoon. She is doing wonderful and is ready to move on to the next phase of her recovery. Over the next few weeks she will be closely monitored on an out patient basis. They will be watching her recovery closely and making sure no infection or signs of rejection set in. Carol will be gradually working on building her strength and exerting that lung. She’s been completely off supplemental oxygen since just a day or so after the surgery. She is very grateful for all the love and prayers sent her way.

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October 16, 2021

Prayers from a fellow IPF lung transplant recipient.
Love, Joshua and Laura Sarchet

Joshua and Laura Sarchet

August 27, 2021

Carol, thinking about you and sending prayers your way for successful surgery and quick recovery.

Can't wait to see you back actively doing the things you love to do with good friends and family! Many fond memories of dinner parties, line dancing, camping and canoeing Here's to your brand new breathing apparatus for lots of new adventures!

Hugs and much love,
Carol Kruse

Carol Kruse

May 29, 2021

Carol is in my prayers. Here's hoping the wait is short.

Janet McCoy