National Donate Life Month is coming to a close and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) thanks each of you for helping us spread far and wide the importance of organ donation. Through your active participation on social media, so far, our message has reached nearly 25,000 people on Facebook, made 9,922 impressions on Twitter, and 7,183 impressions on Instagram. With such great numbers, it’s hard to believe that there is still time left to make an impact! Continue to follow, like, retweet, and share PHA posts on Facebook (facebook.com/PulmonaryHypertensionAssociation), Twitter (@PHAssociation), Instagram (@PHAssociation), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/pulmonary-hypertension-association/) highlighting National Donate Life Month, and use #DonateLifeMonth #NDLM and #PHAssociation on social media to join the conversation.
Our final National Donate Life Month story for PHA’s The Right Heart blog comes from bilateral lung transplant recipient Lauri Stanfield. Her journey begins with her “asthma” becoming increasingly worse despite heavy use of her inhaler along with steroid injections and antibiotics given to her through multiple doctor visits. Lauri’s condition got so bad, she was eventually admitted to the hospital for extensive testing. Ultimately, Lauri was diagnosed with PH, but her journey would not end there. After being told by her doctors that her disease was terminal, and more than a few treatments, hospital visits, and terminal lung diagnoses, Lauri received the gift of life in the form of a brand-new pair of lungs. She now is an Ambassador of Hope for organ donation.
PHA’s The Right Heart blog helps the PH community educate others about life with PH, providing you with an opportunity to express yourself and share your story. We want to hear from you whether you are an individual with PH, caregiver to an individual with PH, a family member of an individual with PH, PH-treating medical professional or if you just want to express your thoughts on the topic of PH. Do you have The Right Heart to share your PH story? Submit your story at PHAssociation.org/get-involved/share-your-story/.