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Contacting my donor family

Writing anything can be a challenge. Staring at a blank sheet of paper, you want to make sure to convey what you’re thinking and feeling, and to do it accurately. But sitting down to write a note to your donor family can feel overwhelming. The good news is that...
Sarah Ridder: A family’s journey with IPF

Sarah Ridder: A family’s journey with IPF

Many of us did die from IPF but because of two incredibly loving families our mother was spared the loss of two more children. Without these transplants, our life expectancies were no more than three to four months.

‘Yes’ means we’ve become a family

‘Yes’ means we’ve become a family

Michael Pettijohn was a strong guy. After four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he went to work at a consulting engineering company and started taking night classes at UT San Antonio to earn his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Busy as he was, he didn’t think much of it when he started feeling tired, and didn’t even notice his eyes had turned yellow.

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