Courage to Care — Christie Patient

Courage to Care

In 2019 Christie Patient relocated to San Francisco to care for her mother, Holly, before and after her double-lung transplant. Holly’s idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis came only months before an acute exacerbation that led to a four-month stay in the intensive care unit, and her eventual transplant. Years later Christie is still writing about the experience, in hopes that her family’s story will connect readers to all the beautiful and terrible parts of the transplant journey. Holly has returned to her home in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and Christie currently resides in Hawaii with her husband, Jonny, and their two four-legged friends.