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Trish Needs Your Support

Trish received her Double Lung Transplant December 1, 2016 at Duke University Hospital! She continues to appreciate your help for on-going medical and relocation expenses.

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March 17, 2018

I had a recent scare. My lung function had a slight decline due to a resprirtory virus. Any virus I contract can fuel rejection of my lungs. I’m am overwhelmed to report, NO rejection!
However, I am fighting nausea due to gatroparesis. During my transplant my vagus nerve was effected and in return has slowed my stomach function. In addition, I still have acid reflux. This is concerning because it could easily contaminate my lungs and cause rejection. Surgery may be in my future.
Overall, I’m doing fabulous and finally feeling truly grateful! Thank you for your continued support and prayers!
Namaste, Trish

August 6, 2017

I went to Duke this past week for a week of Appointments and tests. All went well. I’m still waiting for results from the manometry and ph probe test. These assess acid reflux. Hopefully the results show the Stretta procedure has been effective.
I return to Duke next month to have appoinmentes and a bronchoscopy. With much luck, it will show my rejection is gone.
I was able to enjoy time with family and friends during my visit and attend a Red Sox game on my return. We were blessed to be given 2nd row seats between the on deck circle and the Red Sox dugout (thanks Dana). Plus, I got an upgrade to a first class ticket and an extra day since my original flight kept being delayed (thanks Mandy).
I am blessed!

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May 17, 2017

Hey Trish - I'm working at NIH right now, and was literally sitting in a mtg w/ some NHLBI researchers talking about LAM. I only knew what was going on b/c of your experience and willingness to share your journey with all of us. You continue to be an educator --even though you are no longer in the classroom. I am so amazed at your strength, resilience, and determination. Continue fighting, my friend! Sending healing and positive energy.

Diane R. Johnson

April 20, 2017

Hi Trish, I'm thinking of you and sending good, healthy & healing vibes! You are STRONG and AMAZING and a will get thru this little bump, without a doubt! Sending a HUGE HUG!

Jenn Howes

January 29, 2017


Michael and Anne

January 18, 2017

Thank you so much for a very "good news" update. Staff people in this office ask about your well-being often, and send you best wishes.