Members brunzella92 Posted February 22, 2011 Members Report Share Posted February 22, 2011 Hi all, i'm so glad i found this site, i've been searching for a while now. My story goes back 7 years ago when my father was diagnosed with scarring of the base of both lungs. Long story short,you only live 4-5 years after diagnosis so in 2008 he was put on an active lung transplant list. Mind you, no one i've everknown has been listed or had any sort of transplant. We were on our own to find out any knowledge of transplants. So on November 3rd of 2008 after being listed only 11 days my father got a call for a lung with another gentleman and theyboth ended up having a transplant at the same time. We were so lucky to find a donor so quickly as my father was failingBADLY. So there were ups and downs in the hospital the next month that he was admitted. Then we got a shock (again)they had found cancer in the lung that they removed but were pretty sure they got it all after the fact. My father had a greatfirst year after the transplant but Christmas of 2009 the cancer was back in his old remaining lung and ultimately spreadto the new lung. We were all devastated as my father is on 64 at the time. he did some chemo that almost killed him aschemo works against immunosuppressant drugs for the rejection of the new lung. So in June this past year we had the "family" meeting where they said they couldn't do anything else for him. My world hasbeen shattered since the day i found out he was ill 7 years ago but the past 2 have been so sad. He was hospitalized 16 times but was a trooper every time. My father LOVED life, every minute of it, would never give up or talk about his cancer.Did not complain one time in the past 7 years. On December 26th, my dad passed away that morning. He willed himself through Christmas and told me "he didn't wantto pass on Christmas". Totally rallied Christmas Eve. We were so shocked. My mother, brother and I have been handlingit pretty well but as the days go on i'm literally getting worse by the day. I cry all the time now. I think it's the reality he's notcoming back.What a tribute through, he was such a great person, there were 500 people at the wake and 200 at the funeral. How do youall cope, i'm 36 btw and not married yet. That's what hurts sooo badly, he left me a letter about "someday wedding bellsmay be heard". I'm crushed Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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