November 24, 2006 at 2:29 am #66247CarolynBModerator
Please pray for my cousin, Alicia, who is in need of a double-lung transplant. She’s 25 years old and had leukemia when she was 5 weeks old and went into remission when she was 3 years old. Last year the doctors discovered that her lungs were very badly scarred, probably from the chemo. She’s currently on oxygen 24/7. Pray that lungs become available soon (which means someone else will cross … add prayers for that person and family). It’s likely that the lungs will come from a child because Alicia is tiny … again probably a side effect of her early chemo. At one point last year when she was battling pneumonia, her weight dropped down to 72 pounds. Thanks for your prayers! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :candle:November 24, 2006 at 3:24 am #112087IrishroseParticipant
Prayers ascending for Alicia. May her soul be comforted while she awaits her generous contributor.
Blessings to all:candle: :candle: :candle:November 24, 2006 at 4:20 am #112088AmandaParticipant
My prayers are with (((((Alicia and her family))))) and with her ((((((gracious donor and their loved ones))))))).
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Prayers and healing light being sent to Alicia.:musicnote:candle: :musicnote:candle: :musicnoteNovember 24, 2006 at 12:03 pm #112090starlasueParticipant
Prayers for Alicia, her donor and all their loved ones ascending. :musicnote :musicnote :musicnoteNovember 24, 2006 at 3:20 pm #112092DawnParticipant
:rosary: Sending prayers for Alicia, that she may receive the gift of new, healthy lungs as soon as possible:musicnote :musicnote :musicnote
:rosary: and prayers for the donor and their family, in thankfulness for their precious gift, and comfort and strength in their mourning. :musicnote :musicnote :musicnoteNovember 24, 2006 at 4:12 pm #112082JudeParticipant
Prayers going up for (((((Alicia))))) — for her health, comfort, and strength & for (((((her Family)))))
:musicnote :musicnote :musicnote :candle: :candle: :candle: :rosary: :candle: :candle: :candle: :musicnote :musicnote :musicnoteNovember 24, 2006 at 5:31 pm #112095maria VParticipant
Prayers to Alicia for healing and her family for strength and comfort.:rosary:
Prayers to the family of the person who will cross in order to sustain Alicia’s life – may they have the healing and comfort they need and know their gift of life to Alicia is priceless. :musicnote
And prayers to whomever crosses over in order to give Alicia the lungs she needs to live. May this person be embraced in God’s light and eternal love. :candle:November 24, 2006 at 10:37 pm #112108Amy RoseParticipant
:candle: :candle: :rosary: Sending white light and healing prayers of love for Alicia and family:rosary: :musicnoteNovember 25, 2006 at 7:04 pm #112138Pam BKeymaster
:musicnote :musicnote :musicnote :candle: :musicnote Adding my prayers for Alicia, and for her donor and their family. May white light surround and permeate them for healing and strength.November 26, 2006 at 10:17 pm #112166CarolynBModerator
:candle: :musicnote :musicnote :musicnote Thank you all for your prayers. Here is a story about Alicia that appeared in Thanksgiving Day’s Tri-City Herald. The Discovery Channel is also following her for a special on double lung transplants.
Finding her breath
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Published Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
By John Trumbo, Herald staff writer
Alicia Foss is waiting for a chance to breathe deep and easy. The 24-year-old Kennewick woman is on the waiting list for a double-lung transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The call could come any day, even while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner today around the table at her parents’ home.
Alicia, the cherub-faced, red-haired daughter of Jim and Diane Foss, has been through a lot in her life. Born in 1982 at Kennewick General Hospital, she was diagnosed at 5 weeks old with leukemia.
Numerous trips to Children’s Hospital in Seattle and monthslong stays at the Ronald McDonald House ensued while doctors used a variety of treatments on the lively little girl who, as her mother recalls, “didn’t know she was sick.”
The leukemia went into remission by age 3, and Alicia, who would always be small for her age, tackled life with a new enthusiasm.
“I played basketball and softball just like the other kids, and was a fast sprinter. I was just short of breath a lot,” recalls Alicia, who lives with her parents and must be on an oxygen line 24 hours a day.
Being tethered to an oxygen bottle is new for her. For 20 years, Alicia was “just like other kids,” she said.
She sang in all the choirs at Kennewick High School, where she graduated in 2001. Life seemed to be going well, except for a bout of pneumonia that year.
Alicia’s doctors discovered, through a series of X-rays and a CAT scan, that there was a problem in her lungs.
“One was collapsed and the other had scar tissue that looked like bubble wrap,” she said.
The doctors concluded that the drug treatments she underwent for leukemia 20 years earlier did irreversible harm to her lungs.
Alicia worked through that bout of pneumonia and got jobs as a hostess at Anthony’s restaurant and an aide at a physical therapy clinic. But a year ago, the illness returned.
“The day after Thanksgiving, I started getting more tired, sleeping and having to sit down a lot,” Alicia said.
Pneumonia returned, putting her back in KGH. Her weight dropped to 72 pounds.
Doctors at UW Medical Center told her in January that she was a candidate for a double-lung transplant.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet, but I’m ready,” Alicia said. “It is good knowing I’ll have a set of lungs and can do stuff I haven’t been able to do before.”
Alicia has several things she wants to do when she is back on her feet: Finish her last semester for an associate’s degree at Columbia Basin College; volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation; work with cancer patients, especially children; and go skiing.
With better lungs she will be able to handle higher altitude, her mother said. And the lung transplant surgeon, Dr. Michael Mulligan, has promised to escort Alicia to the slopes.
The surgery will be difficult and costly.
“It was pretty devastating news at first,” Diane Foss said about her daughter needing new lungs. “We knew there was the possibility (that a transplant would be needed). But a lung transplant means battling the rejection with more drugs, and a double-lung transplant is not permanent.
“It’s a one-time deal for from 5 to 12 years,” Diane said.
The cost is $400,000, plus the time and expenses of being away from jobs and living near the hospital for months.
And, recovering from a double-lung transplant is physically demanding.
“(The doctors) have told us the surgery is the hardest thing she will have to go through,” Diane said.
That’s why Alicia has to be in the best physical condition possible, and why she goes to physical therapy at KGH twice a week. Alicia could do only 2 1/2 minutes on the treadmill in August, but now does 30-minute workouts.
The call to go for surgery could come at any time, depending on when the donor lungs become available.
When it does, Alicia and her parents will drive to the Richland airport, get into a Northwest MedStar airplane for a lift to Seattle and ambulance to the hospital.
Her mother said Alicia will be in the intensive care unit for two days after the surgery, a private room for 14 days, then live in an apartment for three months. Diane, a kindergarten teacher at Kingspoint Christian School in Pasco, intends to stay at her daughter’s side the entire time. Jim will be there much of the time, thanks to the donation of vacation time from coworkers at Fluor Hanford.
Diane said everything is starting to come together.
Housing is being made available through People For People, and Group Health insurance has agreed to place Alicia on the family insurance as a disabled dependent. Medicaid and Medicare also will help.
“It is all by the grace of God. I know our faith is what has sustained us,” Diane said.
This Thanksgiving at the Foss home will be about what lies ahead.
“We are prepared. God has provided the means for us to do this. I am so looking forward to that morning when Alicia wakes up and takes a full deep breath,” Diane said. “The first one in her life.”
[/FONT]November 26, 2006 at 10:29 pm #112170Pam BKeymaster
God Bless her! ((((( Alicia )))))
All she needs is something so simple, that the rest of us probably take for granted every minute of our life, but that we all need so much: a breath.
Continued prayers for all parties, that a speedy healing taking place, both spiritual and physical :hearts: :musicnote :musicnote :musicnote :candle:November 27, 2006 at 1:02 am #112176JeannieParticipant
Wow – sending prayers for Alicia and family as they wait.:musicnote :candle:
We went though that with my niece waiting for a kidney.
:candle: :candle: :candle:November 27, 2006 at 1:08 am #112177GailParticipant
What a brave young woman ((Alicia )) is to have gone through so much and to keep on living a full life. :love: Prayers a set of new lungs is available soon and medical technology finds a way to keep them healthy and working. :musicnote :candle: :musicnoteNovember 27, 2006 at 5:27 am #112186BethParticipant
Prayers for Alicia and her family, including you Carolyn, as you all wait for her new set of lungs.:candle: :hearts:
Prayers for the donor and family. May they be comforted by knowing that they have helped give life to another.:candle:
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