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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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November 17, 2021

All results are benign!

November 14, 2021

This is an overdue update. Since my last update, I had successful laparoscopic surgery (Nissen and pyloroplasty) to treat acid reflux and gastroparesis. Also, the last update had many grammatical errors, LOL.

Prior to having the Nissen and pyloroplasty, I was treated with Reglan for my gastroparesis. As a warning to others, especially my fellow transplantees, I suffered terrible depression from Reglan for about a year. I barely got out of bed on most days. Thank you to all my friends and family for being by my side during that dark time. Especially thank you to Billy and Liam who lived with me.

I had another go around with CMV. I can only explain that journey as hell. I’ve had some skin cancer removed and now see a dermatologist every three months. Most recently, I’m awaiting biopsy results of my uterus. I won’t bore you with all the other things.

All in all, I’m feeling the best I ever have since transplant. I’ve been able to travel, take long walks with our pup, and help Billy with his work. Some days, I’m still bedridden, but it’s no longer everyday!

Blessings, Trish

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November 15, 2021

We are rooting for you Trish!! XO

Diahann Cordeiro

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