Believe In Miracles – Ann McGuire
Some Thoughts About My Transplant Journey

It’s a miracle! And according to Albert Einstein, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle”.

Since my double lung transplant on Sept. 20th 2007, I see everything in light of that miracle. As my brother-in-law said “That’s the miracle: the grace of doctors in their scientific brilliance, of donors in their moral wisdom”.

I’ll never forget waking up after my transplant operation and seeing my precious family by my bedside. Two hours later the ventilator was removed and I was able to breathe normally. That surge of profound gratitude and amazing joy I will feel for the rest of my life: gratitude for my donor and donor family, for my family and friends and all their prayers and support, and for the dedicated transplant team at Toronto General Hospital; joy in the knowledge I was getting a second chance at life, full of all its ups and downs, free from the fear and anxiety that had overtaken my life for the eleven months awaiting my transplant.

Now I have my independence back, and although I may never be able to return to my beloved profession of teaching English, I can give back in so many other ways. By looking fear in the face, I have developed a strength and courage that I hope to use as a mentor for lung transplant patients at TGH.

Apart from believing in miracles, my whole transplant journey has taught me to live in the present moment, enjoy the gift of today with a grateful heart, and hope for a better tomorrow.

Ann McGuire
Double Lung Transplant, September 20th, 2007

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