Update From Anna

Anna is my 24 year old daughter. She has a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. It makes all her mucous extra thick and sticky. The effects cause life threatening issues with digestion, the pancreas and lungs. On October 12, 2013 Anna received a double lung transplant after her lungs failed to sustain her life. Nine months after her transplant she was diagnosed with PTLD, a form of lymphoma specific to those who have received transplants due to the anti-rejection medication transplant recipients must take for the rest of their lives. After six months of chemotherapy, Anna was and continues to be cancer-free. She went back to college at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix last August after missing two years. Here’s her latest blog post:



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3 thoughts on “Update From Anna

  1. Jerry Davis

    Wow! What a blessing to read Karen! How thankful you and your family must be. I love her thoughts on “blah goodbyes,” and transplant’s being a bridge. Take care of you, jed

    Dr. Jerry Davis, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, NCC
    Director, Graduate Counseling Program
    Professor of Counseling
    Huntington University
    2303 College Ave.
    Huntington, IN 46750
    Fax: 260-359-4126

  2. Julie Herrmann

    What an amazing daughter! Have a great summer!

    • Thank you! Sorry for my late reply! It has been a good summer…always too fast though. Summer and early fall while it is still warm are my favorite times of the year. I’m being reminded that winter is not far away :O

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