Transplanted

Allison Watson

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Transplanted

My Cystic Fibrosis Double-Lung Transplant Story

  Author:   Allison Watson    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

When Allison Watson awoke that day, she knew she was in a hospital bed. That’s all. She had no idea how much time had passed since she had seen her family. When she tried to focus, her vision was blurry, and when she tried to wave someone down, she became so exhausted she thought she was dying. Hours later, when Watson was able to communicate, she asked a nurse if the news was good or bad. “It’s good news,” the nurse replied. “You had your lung transplant four days ago.”

About 4,100 people in Canada have cystic fibrosis, and many are living longer today, thanks, in part, to transplants. CF mainly affects the digestive system and lungs, and there is no cure. In this candid memoir, Watson describes living with the disease and her life-altering surgery in 2014. Watson and her sister, Amy, both grew up with CF, and Allison had always believed that Amy would be the one to get a transplant first. The decision to undergo surgery was not easy. Nor was the road to full recovery. In this book, Watson, who cycled across Canada with her brother in 2008 to raise awareness of CF, describes her journey.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771087179
Item NB1358
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published on April 5 2019
Language eng
Pages 232
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.25(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight330(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Allison Watson believes in living every day to the fullest. Raised in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, she had an active childhood despite daily treatment for cystic fibrosis. In 2014, she received new lungs in Toronto. As a side effect, she was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder. After intensive chemotherapy, she is now cancer free and is again able to physically do the things she enjoys. Allison Watson lives in Springhill, Nova Scotia.

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"Transplanted is the story of what it means to grow up with cystic fibrosis and to face the everyday reality of death and dying. Allison does so with a lighthearted charm and easy humour. She describes the painful details of medical procedures with eviscerating honesty...."

"Transplanted is a text that takes its reader to the furthest reaches of medical technology, to the brink of death, then back through the hard journey of sustaining the physical and mental resiliency it takes to heal a body that has been profoundly traumatized. What Allison calls "The seemingly continuous attempt of my body to die." It reflects the transplantation of one pair of lungs into the body of another, in an Ouroboros-like maneuver of death creating life. Inside it's pages, we can experience how stories transform us and heal us."

—Canadian Critics