I would like to introduce you to my cousin Lina Wilcox
(a.k.a my Big Sister). Lina is suffering from a disease called Sarcoidoisis of the lungs and Pulmonary Hypertension, and is on a priority list for double lung transplant. We urgently need your help!
What is this disease you ask?
It is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. For Lina it has attacked her lungs. She was first diagnosed with Sarcoidoisis in 1987. The virus went dormant from time of diagnosis, showing little to no signs of damage to her lungs. Unfortunately in 2011 things changed. It not only affected and showed damage to her lungs, it also put strain on the right side of her heart which caused the Pulmonary Hypertension. This is the blood flow from the heart to the lungs.
How did this affect Lina?
In 2011, Lina was rushed to hospital with a severe viral infection resulting in the need to live with an oxygen tank 24/7. After hospitalization, Lina’s life had to change. This meant leaving work and going on disability for few years to try and build up the strength of her heart and lungs, and get her up and moving again.
Lina worked hard rehabilitating her organs in order to regain a normal lifestyle and was successful. The medications, rest and rehab even helped say goodbye to the need to be connected to oxygen for a while. Two years to be exact (2013 to 2015). So she returned to work.
Here’s where we get to the point!
Why do we need your help?
Over the last two years, Lina’s lungs have been deteriorating. Lina has seen the emergency room more times than we can count. She knows the hospital staff personally by now!
In order to continue living a ‘normal’ lifestyle, new lungs are needed. Without them, the result is unthinkable. Lina can no longer work and has been placed back on higher levels of oxygen as well is on a priority lung donor waiting list. A donor could be found any day now.
The challenge? This all has to happen in Toronto. Meaning, Lina must relocate to be near the hospital, its amenities, and the doctors by early spring if not sooner. We need your help to help her absorb some of the costs.
Any amount will do. Every little bit helps!
Please share Lina’s story via this link with all your family, friends and co-workers. We’d really appreciate it. We CAN'T imagine a world without Lina!
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