Erica Stevens One Breath at a Time

Hello Everyone!
My name is Erica I am 30 years old as of February 11th.
I was put on the national transplant list November 14th, 2016
for a double lung transplant.
I need one due to being born premature I only weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce and 11 inches long after birth I dropped down to 15 ounces.
Doctors had only given me less then a 10% chance of survival.
I had even scared my family when they received the call I had passed away
so they were preparing for my funeral but when they got to the hospital
I was alive and still fighting.
Since I was born so early my lungs never developed properly
and being on a ventilator for 6 months did not help either.
I had developed a lung disease called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
which started giving me a lot of problems at 14 years old.
So in 2001 my summer was spent doing pulmonary rehab
to get stronger my lung capacity then was only 27%.
6 years later at 23 I started to go downhill again
and the doctor felt I wouldn't live without a transplant
because of how fast I was going downhill.
At that time I was too scared and didn't understand
the transplant process enough to decide it was the best choice for myself.
Now I am older and at my sickest and tired of living this way for sure.
My second home has become the hospital but I am still trying to keep my head up regardless.
I am doing this site to try and get the word out more that I will need
help financially for medical expenses and living.
After transplant I will be in the hospital probably about 3 weeks
and even after I have to stay in PA.
I am more than 2 hours so I have to stay close to the hospital.
Hope you can help but if not that is okay too prayers and good thoughts
always do wonders.
I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by my page.

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