A Breath of Fresh Air

My name is Courtney and I have CF (cystic fibrosis) https://www.cff.org/. Most of my days are filled with the never-endless adventures of being a wife and mother to two awesome kids and two fur babies; however, I have had to deal with the burden of CF since birth (5 weeks to be exact). Most of my life seemed pretty straight-forward, and as I look back now, easy.  I had ups-and-downs, but my ups-and-downs significantly increased as I got older. I have been hospitalized 5 times (about 30 days) in the last year with a combined total of 5 PICC lines administering 14 weeks of meds, been put on supplemental oxygen, and have been struggling to put weight back on after losing 14 pounds. This does not even include the day-to-day routine of breathing treatments that I spend two or more hours on each day.

Some people who know me don't even know I have CF because I do not want it to be the focal point or defining factor of who I am. Times have changed; however, and I am in need of a lung transplant. Truly exciting, it is, and nerve-racking at the same time. The waiting game has started and while I wait, as patiently as I can, I kindly ask for your help.

What do we need help with? Due to the cost of post-transplant needs that aren't covered by insurance, such as certain medications, rent/housing at the post-transplant recovery facility that could be two or more weeks, food, parking fees, and our normal bills and mortgage, we will be in a bind.  We will not have a source of income to depend on while my husband helps me recover. 

I am asking for your generosity to help me succeed with my transplant. I am looking forward to this journey and with your support it will help guarantee my success. Thank you!!

Donations (0)

  • Hayley Hertel 
    • $100 
    • 23 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 23 mos
  • Dan Morrison  
    • $200 
    • 24 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 24 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 25 mos

Organizer 

Courtney Smith Hertel 
Organizer
Norcross, GA
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