Author Archives: Christie

Howling for Healthcare and Hospital Heros

Now more than ever, healthcare workers and hospital employees are being applauded for their work. Even in the best of times, working in healthcare is not easy. These days, our healthcare systems are stressed because of COVID-19, and medical care looks vastly different than what we are used…

Thinking of Those on the Giving Side of Organ Donation

April is Donate Life Month. I have struggled to think of something new to say about organ donation. Everything I’ve written for Pulmonary Fibrosis News has been inspired by, or is in response to, organ donation. I’ve talked about both pre- and post-transplant challenges, caregiver struggles, grief, celebration, and…

Finding Community Within the Chaos

Living through a pandemic means that people around the world are having new and uncomfortable experiences. Many, including me, are afraid. We fear for our health and for our loved ones. We fear for our economy, finances, businesses, and futures. I don’t want to diminish or ignore those fears, but…

Seeing Silver Linings During Social Isolation

Coronavirus news hasn’t gotten any less scary since I wrote about it two weeks ago. At the time of writing this column, the virus is in all 50 states and four U.S. territories. More than 100 U.S. citizens have died from the illness. I wasn’t planning to write about…

Recalling My Mom’s Transplant Day One Year Later

This weekend, we will celebrate my mom’s re-birthday. It is hard to believe that an entire year has passed since my mom, Holly, had a double-lung transplant. The important moments of that day remain vivid in my memory. The phone rang at about 8 a.m. My…

Public Panic Over COVID-19 Harms Vulnerable Communities

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is slowly working its way around the world. Along with the spread of this new strain of coronavirus, fear and misinformation have been making the rounds. Since the COVID-19 virus has made its way to the States, the uncertainty and unknowns about the…

My Courage to Care as a PF Caregiver Makes Me Rare

Feb. 29 is Rare Disease Day. Pulmonary fibrosis is one of the more than 6,000 known rare diseases. While PF may not have much in common with other diseases, those with PF share a connection with the one in 20 people worldwide who will live with a rare disease…

Emotional Ghosts Continue to Haunt Me

Much of my young adult life was molded by my fears. I have talked about the effects in past columns, and how my mom’s hospitalization helped me find my courage. After surviving months in the ICU, a double-lung transplant, and a rocky start to her recovery, my mom is…