Sue- Lung Recipient
My name is Sue Melton Jenkins. I was 62 years old when I decided to try to breath and live. I was diagnosed with COPD. My lung specialist told me that all she could do for me was wash out my lungs from time to time. I was in and out of the hospital a lot for about 15 years. My family doctor eventually explained to my daughter that I would need to be sent home on hospice.
I had been wearing oxygen continuously for most of those years. I wanted to go to college and had to drive one hour one way which was very difficult with a portable oxygen tank. I am a fighter and don’t give up easily. I fought very hard to stay as healthy as possible. I went through lung rehab therapies during those years.
After my family physician explained to me that nothing else could be done and hospice was my only option, I became more determined. I thought it through and then made the decision I wasn’t giving up yet. I called my insurance company to see if they could direct me toward a transplant facility. They gave me a list of facilities they would cover and that’s where my journey began.
At this time, I am oxygen free and can walk through my house and drive without becoming short of breath or carrying an oxygen tank. Organ donation is absolutely the most selfless thing a person can do. I encourage everyone to become an organ donor. The family of the person I got my lungs from are amazing people for allowing their loved one to save my life. It is a deb I can never repay, but me and my family are beyond grateful. May god bless each of them. I now can enjoy my daughter, grandson, and husband and live life to the fullest.
I would life for all to consider organ donation. It’s a person’s best opportunity to give back and change a life of not only the person receiving an organ, but for their family as well.