Lung Transplant

Hello my name is Mary and I am 65 yrs old. A short time ago I was diagnosed  with  Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis . It is a incurable lung disease with no confirmed cause.  I dont smoke , I dont drink, I worked hard all my life so I could enjoy a retirement  and  play with my grandkids and hike and see my country! Now I carry oxygen everywhere and I have a tank in my home that I am hooked to almost 24/7 I am going to be on the transplant list thru  Temple Lung  Center in Philladelphia Pa.  I know there are so many people in need of help. But  i  ask for help because my resource are small and I have to travel 3 and 1/2  hrs  each way for my test and Dr  appointments. Once my transplant happens then I have to stay locally for a while and then  travel weekly and then every 2 weeks and so on For several months. There are places to stay at a reduced rate. But this to add up. I will also need round the clock care givers at home for a few months. My insurance doesn't cover this.  Every time I have gone on a trip or to Philly my car has broke  down. So after each trip I know my car will probably need something. It  is a worry.  So it has been a financial drain. But worried to be on highway and break down alone.  With oxygen I cant walk for any distance. If no cell service I'm stuck. So I need to pay someone to drive me if no friends or family is available.  It's hard for people to help me because of their own families and jobs.  So I worry about  funds to pay for all these things. I have always been the one to give not receive. This is one of the hardest things I need to do is ask for help!. I dont want to take from anyone else's needs that are far greater then my own.  Thank You so much for reading and your consideration to help me..


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Mary Probst 
Lock Haven, PA
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