COLORADO SPRINGS – As we continue through National Donate Life month, Imagine slowly losing your health and essentially being given a death sentence as vital organs begin to fail you. Then imagine being given a second chance at life. It’s a situation nearly every living transplant recipient has gone through, including Linda Regis of Colorado Springs.
For eight years, Linda battled lung disease, and in 2016, she reached end stage. Linda says, “At that point I was like barely being able to do anything. Little things were hard to do — make the bed or take a shower.”
After going through the process of getting on the transplant list in August 2016, Linda waited almost three months until she got the word a match was found. It’s a call she says she will never forget, and Linda says she never takes a single day for granted.
Linda still has no idea who her donor is, but that doesn’t change how she feels about the donor. “That’s my angel-friend. Nothing I do in life is me. It’s whoever my donor is. If I didn’t have these lungs, and my angel-friend breathing for me, I wouldn’t be able to do any of what I have done, and I have done a lot.”
Linda hopes that everyone will consider being an organ, eye and tissue donor so that someone else like her will also get a second chance at life. “I’m just glad to be here and can share the awareness. I want to let people know that when they donate life, I’m an example of what it can do. I’m going to be a great grandma in May. I wouldn’t be here for that – so I’m pretty excited.”
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