In 2016, David had a double lung transplant.
In 2017, he ran a marathon in New York to raise over €60,000 to help other patients with lung and respiratory conditions.
Photographed here with his wife Kate, as they give each other the hug of a lifetime after a hard training run.
Travelling post transplant-
Yesterday I flew over to Newcastle again for clinic today to check how the air bags are coming along. My lung function has remained steady at 87% FEV1 and the x-rays still looking great.😁 The Drs are delighted with how well I’m doing and still having to remind me that I’m still only 8 weeks post transplant. They still can’t believe it sometimes! Ha!
It’s fantastic getting great news every time I fly to Newcastle but I am so terrified of catching a bug/cold/germs when travelling.🤢 We all know airports and airplanes are FILTHY. I fought hard to get these lungs so I have to try ensure I do what I can to protect them. I wear a mask in the airport and on the plane. It is amazing how I am now tuned in to so many people coughing around me and not covering their mouth! I do get a lot of funny looks,whispers and eye rolls when wearing my mask but I do not give two hoots! 🙄
The other travelling essentials I bring with me is hand sanitiser gel and wipes. I wipe down every chair and table I sit at. Menus at tables are a big thing that I never would have thought about pre-transplant. Have you ever thought about the amount of times people have went to the toilet and not washed their hands and then sat down at the table and picked up the menu or condiments?! I used to go to the toilet and wash my hands before eating a meal thinking they were clean...not if I then used the same toilet door that someone didn’t wash their hands has used! It’s things like this that may seem over the top to most and would not get sick over but for people that have compromised immune systems it can be very serious! Therefore hand gel is my best friend!! On a cute note I did have a little girl ask her mum ‘mummy is that a Dr?!’ her mother was so embarrassed and said no and apologised to me to which I told the little girl that I was in fact a Dr and she was very clever for noticing my mask. As she walked away she turned to her mum ‘ SEEEEEEE I told you she was a Dr!!!’ 🤣🤣 #posttransplant#angeldonor#mylungstory#organdonor#doublelungtransplant#raisingawareness#lungtransplant#organdonation#justbreathe#oxygen#chronicillness#thankful#illness
This is amazing. #holyballs#Repost @luriechildrens with @get_repost
That moment when Chewbacca aka Dr. Thrush comes to tell you that you are getting a new heart. .
Months ago when Austin was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Thrush said he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. On Saturday, March 17, Chewbacca stopped by Austin’s room. #donatelife#organdonor#all4your1
Are you an organ donor? Register to become one here https://www.ilsos.gov/organdonorregister/.
16 years ago today (March, 22. 2002) I under went my first double lung transplant at the age of 16. Due to Cystic Fibrosis. Oddly enough, a day short of 8 years later my second double lung transplant (March, 21. 2010). Due to chronic organ rejection. You never forget life battles as such they change you forever.
There are no words to describe how thankful I am to receive these two precious gifts of life! My true hero’s are my Organ Donors may you RIP and thoughts to their family’s on these anniversaries. I’ve been able to double my life because of my organ donors.
I want to thank all my friends that I have met along the way building memories and sharing smiles that have been worth every moment of it.
I thank my family for being by my side while I faced these battles.
The team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff that work on and with me.
You all mean so much to me and I am so grateful to have had you in these pages of my life.
I hope at some point this year we get to celebrate this mile stone together.
I leave you off with this.
Life is to short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance take it, if it changes your life, let it. No body said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it!
If you have a chance read my newest blog regarding my Organ Donors and their family’s. The link is in my bio https://darkandstormyblog.wordpress.com/
Cheers for being you.
#cysticfibrosis#cf#cfwarrior#transplant#organdonor#standtall#strength#thankful#tbt#16years#life#lungtransplantservivor#anniversary#drive#hope#doublelung#icu#fight#65roses#recycleyourself#hospital#lungs#fight2breathe#BeADonorBeAHero @cfcanada @cfcanadawestern @theorganproject