Breathing is something most people take for granted. Marielle Liveseyâ€™s greatest wish is to just breathe. Born in 1986, Marielle was born with pneumonia and several months later developed scar tissue in her lungs. She finally went home for the first time after a three month stay in the NICU â€“ she was very tiny and sick, nonetheless very sweet and happy. While her doctors hoped that she would outgrow her lung difficulties, that did not happen and today Marielle battles end stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and is in immediate need of a double lung transplant.
Due to a lung function of only 18%, Marielle was recently med-flighted to Duke University Medical Center where she now awaits her gift of life — a double lung transplant. Marielle is the happiest, most optimistic and positive person I know. She is smart and motivated, earning a Masterâ€™s Degree while battling this illness. She deserves a chance to see what she can do in life.
March 7, 2014
MARIELLE IS OFFICIALLY LISTED!!! NOW THE BILLS WILL REALLY START ROLLING IN. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO HELP HER WITH THESE CRUSHING EXPENSES! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH.
February 12, 2014
Another update from Marielle….
Lung transplant surgeon appt was great. He said all my testing looks good. No outlying issues other than having poor lungs. Next meeting to discuss my case is on Tuesday morning. Everything is progressing steadily. 2 more appts and this lung transplant evaluation will finally be complete. Then all of the doctors, specialists, therapists etc. can come together with all my test results and unanimously decide to move forward and list me!
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December 15, 2014
I am so happy that you received your second chance of living life and being able to Breath Easy. So glad that I followed you through your long journey and was able to see the struggles that you faced on a daily basis. You fought with everything you had and then some without giving up. You are a great inspiration to me and helped me with my battle. Remember, live life to its fullest and Breath Easy my friend.
April 1, 2014
Marielle. ..the fund raiser was awesome...so many people who care about you....hoping the call comes soon!
April 1, 2014
Marielle--sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers as you continue on your journey. Each day brings you one more step to the gift of life. It will be soon until then remember to Just Breathe.
Jann & Uncle Jim
April 1, 2014
Hi Marielle, Oh what a night! Such a show of Support and Love you just can't imagine! You are so very Blessed, and Loved by many. You are the strongest person I know. Just Breathe, that's your only job! Love you!!