Join CaringBridge during this most important time of the year. Your support means that we can continue to provide free, secure websites all year long.
5/3/2017 Latest post:
Bonnie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis nearly 10 years ago. In a very small number of cases, this can lead to Pulmonary Fibrosis, or a disease that leads to a honeycombing of the lungs making them inefficient. Bonnie learned of this progression right after the death of her husband, Gary Grund, about two and a half years ago. In January of 2017, she contracted pneumonia, and even though she was able to beat the pneumonia, she has now been required to stay on oxygen. Her dependency on oxygen has grown, and in April she was transported to Rice Hospital in Willmar as her oxygen had dropped to 48%. After two days, Rice transferred Bonnie to the University of Minnesota - Fairview, as they were unable to do anything more for her. At the U, they did testing and found that the Pulmonary Fibrosis had progressed very quickly and told her that if she did not get a lung transplant that she would not make it to Christmas. After consideration, Bonnie has decided to go forward with evaluation to see if she is a candidate for the transplant.