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Living With COPD
Bill and Jan told their story
in the stories feature
of this site. You
may read these stories by clicking on the photograph of the individual.
Alisa is our humorist
and the only member of the permanent staff who is not afflicted with COPD.
However, she has had two lung transplants brought about by Cystic Fibrosis!
Here is her story.
Wouldn't It be nice
|Alisa lived most of her life in
the Chicago suburbs. Even with the complications it carried with
it, her disease did not ruin her childhood. She was a member of advanced
reading groups, the Student Advisory Board, the Yearbook Staff; the Drill
Team and even took Spanish classes. In high school she had her artwork
displayed in a district show and was a member of the elite dance company,
called ORCHESIS. Her dance troupe was good enough to perform at Arie
Crown Theater, a famous theatre in Chicago. Unfortunately, her problem
was diagnosed and treated as “allergies”. In February 1979 during
her senior year in high school, she was properly diagnosed with CF.
Alisa grew up with parents who were heavy smokers and drinkers. Fortunately,
she did not have the same addictions, and despite the problems inherent
in CF, graduated 64th out of a class of 544. Alisa went to college for
a year but quit because she was bored. Instead, she went to work
to support herself.
She has always enjoyed listening to music,
singing, writing poetry, stories, and other prose as well as being creative,
dancing, telling jokes, making up jokes, and developing greeting cards.
She loves to travel and once accompanied her husband, Rob, to England on
a business trip. Having no children of her own, Alisa enjoys spending
time (and spoiling) her nephews and nieces. In October 1995, she became
a Godmother to her nephew, Anthony, and is quick to point out that without
a lung transplant, she would not have lived long enough to be so honored.
Once again she is enjoying spending time with friends and family members. She spends a great deal of time corresponding with her newly acquired friends from the Second Wind Lung Transplant Support Group.
She still enjoys creating greeting cards, writing jokes, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Alisa also enjoys decorating clothing and other textile items with free-hand painting which she gives away as gifts. She believes that humor has brought her through many traumatic situations, and besides sharing love with others, she surmises that sharing laughter with others has magical results. She has slowly learned the ins and outs of her home computer, although she still considers herself an amateur in the world of Cyberspace. Unlike most people, she is proud to reveal her age whenever anybody asks her. She feels lucky to have made it this far, and hopes to live many more years. Says she, "I am positively an advocate of Organ Donation, and I am living proof that the 'Gift of Life' is a splendid gift, indeed"..
Click Here For more information including the 10 misconceptions about donating as well as a printable organ donor card.
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