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Double Lung Transplant Recipient

Updated on October 13, 2011
Beverly on right
Beverly on right

Her Bravery!

On November 14th it will be exactly seven years since my sister under-went surgery, too extensive for most reasonably healthy people to imagine possible to endure.

Her double lung transplant gave her a new lease on life and with four daughters to care for there was much for her to live for.

Beverley and I are soul mates, how so? After all, we are as opposite as one would find between two sisters. Beverley’s interests are many and varied but rest assured they all differ to mine. So opposite are we, that even our likes and dislikes in most foods differ and the list goes on and on. Our personalities are clearly unalike so this is what I attribute our friendship to.

It all comes down to tolerance and respect for the others view points and I am proud of this fact as I do believe these two attributes are lacking in today’s society.

Beverley’s kindness towards others, I would have to shamefully admit outshines mine and most who know her. Not surprisingly, she indulged me in an unforgettable outing recently despite the fact that she had been in ill health prior to the day’s outing. Attending the Jersey Boy’s show had dual gratitude from me that day, her effort to be with me the other.

The rare condition, eosinophilic granulomatisis had taken its toll, her frame being so weak, that the family and friends prayed for her recovery. There is no doubt in my mind that it was her positive attitude and strong will power that got her through the ordeal.

I was living overseas at the time making it only possible to communicate with her by phone. Compelled to speak to her soon after initial recovery, I phoned to wish her well and extend my love and in my flurry for words I asked “does it hurt?” I’ll never live it down asking such a question. Her reply was “Oh no, I’ve just been almost sawn through”.

She laughed at my stupidity!

Leading up to the transplant operation, Beverley was continually on oxygen and every action was an exhausting effort but one never heard her complain.

My heart sank when I arrived at Sydney airport the year before her operation to visit her only to see her there to meet me, weak and on oxygen and every step an ordeal.

How brave she always is!

Irrespective of our differences they are minor in the big picture of life itself. Beverley humbles me and all who know her in her zest for life as she continues to have setbacks with her health.

Sadly her daughter Jacqueline has undergone the same surgery but displays the same bravery as her mum.

My wish as I relate the above is that families of all walks of life appreciate one another and have the ability to put differences aside.

I humbly request a thought for Beverley from the readers of this account as she celebrates seven well spent and well deserved years on the 14th November 2011.

Your sister.


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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      This is such a sweet and inspirational Hub. I admire anyone who goes through these types of experiences in life, and continues to be brave enough to get through it. I'm not so sure I could do it. I do hope these two are doing well now. Is this some kind of heritary condition? I wish you and your family well, keep the faith!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Your support is appreciated!

      It is encouraging to see that more people in Australia are organ donors now, due to the media.

      Have a nice day!

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      billips 6 years ago from Central Texas

      This is a very inspiring hub - what an amazing process to endure - too few people realize how vital organ donation is - B.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Peggy, thank you for submitting these kind words!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Organ donation provides life for people who would otherwise not have it. That is an ever present need and hopefully sharing the message about your brave sister and niece will encourage others to think about becoming donors. Will keep them in my prayers and thoughts. Nice to have a loving sister! Am certain that she appreciates you as well.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you Magdalena for your kind words.

      Keep up your good work with hubpages and you will experience the amazing support of the other writers.

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      Magdalena Todor 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for sharing this amazing story!! You have a very strong sister. I admire her and her courage. She and the daughter will be in my prayers. And thank you for your lovely commnets on my hubs. I am new to all this.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for the comment Jacqueline but the pleasure is all mine to tell all the readers of this article just how courageous you and your mum are. May all people with good health be more appreciative of the fact after reading this account of your and your mum.

      I am very proud of you Jacqueline!

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      Jac 6 years ago

      Thank you so much Aunty Janet for your loving thoughts and wishes, it's so humbling.

      Each day is a challenge but having family like you all makes it easier.

      Just spreading the word about organ donation is so important.

      I really appreciate every day I have and think of the donor family that made it all possible

      Someones generous gives gift of life to so many others.

      They leave a lasting legacy and we thank you :)

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for the kind words Sannel. It is true to say that we are both positive people and I attribute Beverleys ability to endure the health problems as she has to this. Unfortuneately Jacqueline has been listed to undergo the same surgery for the second time.

      My gratitude to you!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Beverley sounds like an amazing and inspirational woman. She must be so strong and brave to be able to handle seeing her daughter receive the same transplant as herself.

      You two sisters are so fortunate to have each other. You mentioned that your personalities are unlike, but I do see two very beautiful sisters that share a very inspirational, happy and positive outlook on life.

      Beverley and her daughter will be in my thoughts. Truly best wishes to you and your family,


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      Sarena 6 years ago

      Aunty Beverley is certainly an inspirational women as she remains so happy and positive in life after all she has been through. She has been so brave to see her daughter receive the same transplant and has been strong for her. We really need to appreciate every day that we are alive.

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      inthenickoftime77 6 years ago from New Zealand, aka: Aotearoa, aka: The Land Of The Long White Cloud

      Beverley,sounds like a very brave woman. How sad that her daughter now suffers from the same thing. Beverley must have to be twice as brave to have to watch her daughter suffer too. What a great bond you have. Especially great because you are sisters. That is reasonably rare I think. You might differ in most traits, but by looking at the pictures, you do look alike. Every best wish possible goes out to Beverley and her daughter

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Beverly is a courageous and amazing woman. Your love and admiration for her comes through loud and clear in this hub. The hubpages comunity will certainly grant your wish and keep her in their thoughts. Starting with me. Voted up and beautiful.