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Larry’s New Lungs: A bump in the road

My sister Joan, Rosario Holmes (a certified respirator educator at The Lung Association) and me.

My sister Joan, Rosario Holmes (a certified respirator educator at The Lung Association) and me.

In November 2010,  the lung transplant coordinator in Montreal called me and gave me some bad news. I was devastated. Apparently, I had polyps in my colon and I needed another test before I could be placed on the transplant list. The reason being, that if it was cancerous I could not recieve a transplant.

I then had my family doctor set up an appointment for a colonoscopy at the Montfort Hospital here in Ottawa, on an emergency basis but, I could only be placed on a cancellation list. Finally, I got called to have the procedure done and all went well and now I had to wait for the results and they had to inform Montreal.

December was starting to be a very long month for me, but after a lot of praying, family support and strength from from my Lung Association classmates, the lung transplant coordinator called me in the middle of December informing me that the results of the colonoscopy were negative and all was well and I was accepted to be on the lung transplant waiting list. Well,” Santa Claus” has come to town, I thought and certainly my prayers were answered.

December 2010 ended being a good month after all and now it was just a waiting game until I was called with donor lungs. I didn’t know it then, but it was going to be a long wait of 22 months before I received my miracle call.

There was still a lot of preparation to be made until then. I’ll explain further in my next installment.

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Larry Graham

On October 21, 2012 I received a double lung transplant in Montreal after four years of being on supplemental oxygen and being on the transplant waiting list for 22 months. I still say it's a miracle and am trying to repay that miraculous gift everyday by paying it forward and telling my story to help other people waiting for organ transplants.

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