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Hello, my name is Pamela. I am 36 years old and in need of a double lung transplant.

In 2015 my cough and shortness of breath started. I was a healthy 30-year-old enjoying the dream life with my husband Gary, and two daughters Natalie and Danielle. I was working as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka.

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December 20, 2022

Well a Christmas miracle happened this last week and my Angel came! I am doing well and my donor was a perfect match, same size and no antibodies, Want to say thank you to everyone who supported my family and I at this time! A special thanks to my donor and their family for this incredible act of selflessness that has given us a second chance. I won’t be home for this Christmas but I’ll have many more Christmases in the future thanks to my God, my donor and their family, my family and friends, and of course my second family - the surgeons, doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and all the people here at UCSF who have helped keep me alive and taken care of physically and mentally during this 4 months!! Love you all and again thank you for your support!

October 24, 2022

Hi everyone! If I haven’t told you already - thank you to everyone who donated money and/or words of encouragement and love to help myself and my family through this difficult situation. I am deeply moved by all the prayers, generosity and kindness!

Just wanted to give a quick update: I'm doing well and have been in the hospital for just over 8 weeks. They're keeping me here until transplant where doctors can keep a close eye on me and the oxygen is endless. We had our first “dry run” last week, didn’t realize they bring you all the way to the operating room before they find out the lungs aren’t going to work, that was a rollercoaster if you could imagine! Luckily for me, my husband, sisters, and daughters were all here to support me through it. Hopefully next time I write here it will be to share news of a successful transplant…. Until then xoxo

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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May 9, 2022

You’ve got this!! You and your family are in my thoughts.

Emily Casselman

April 30, 2022

Thinking of you, Gary & your lovely girls, and praying for the perfect Angel donor for you.

Andrew & Carol Unsinger

April 26, 2022

Hello, I had a double lung transplant in 2014 for CF at Stanford. Be brave, you got this! I am local if you want to chat. Best wishes.

Shanna Carlile-Roy