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One always wonders where life’s road will lead and here we are in the middle of a journey that started last year. In October 2013, Doug was complaining of shortness of breath. After seeing his primary physician, Doug was referred to a lung specialist. The lung doctor gave Doug the diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). We were not alarmed, even though doctors do not know the cause of the disease, because we were told this hereditary condition was slow moving.

In Spring 2014, Doug had a lung infection which sparked a new round of tests and the results were sent to the lung transplant team at Tampa General Hospital. At his October appointment at Tampa General, Doug was informed that he was a good transplant candidate. Doug knows he is in good hands and is joyful for all the small miracles that have happened. He is excited about his future ability to feel well again and to be able to function at full capacity; the rest of us are wondering if we will be able to keep up with him!

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November 1, 2016

It's been three years since Doug was diagnosed with IPF and over a year since he has had his lung transplant. We now see the doctor every three months. We still stay in touch with the medical team via phone but we don't do as many trips to Tampa. God has richly blessed us with healing for Doug, great families and friends who support us, and many folks, known and unknown, who have prayed for Doug. The Bible speaks of God's peace that is beyond human understanding, well I may not be able to explain it, but I have experienced it ... when I was by myself in the waiting room while Doug was in surgery, driving home at 2 am after his operation, and numerous other times, and it's all because of the prayers of God's people. Thank you for your financial support, your love and prayers.

August 17, 2016

Happy Anniversary to Doug!

It's been a year since his lung transplant. We are forever grateful to the donor and family. Thank you to the folks at Tampa General Hospital and HelpHopeLive.

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March 31, 2015

Praying all will go well and grateful to count you as my friend!

Rosalind Keppler

December 9, 2014

We are praying for you, Uncle Doug & Carol. We KNOW God will provide whatever is needed. We also pray that you remain comfortable through this process! Sending LOVE for the Family & can't wait to hear about your holidays!

Love, Jen