My lungs are failing me and I need new ones. This doctor and his team can give me the CHANCE. I just want a chance. I know getting accepted and put on the list for transplant is no guarantee. I may still never get the lungs I need. But if I don't get on the list, I have NO chance. So I want the chance; I NEED the chance.
I do not know what to expect today beyond meeting with the doctor. Will there be any tests? I doubt that I will be told today if they will accept me or not. I am sure they will evaluate me and then the entire Transplant Team will likely meet to decide whether or not to accept me. How long will that take?
Can I say or do anything to persuade them? Or is just cold, hard, medical facts and nothing else that they consider? Having been denied once already, I am going to this appointment with a different attitude and ready to make a case for myself; ask different questions.
But my fate is in the hands of the Transplant Doctor and his team. They will decide if I get a chance or not. So off to the hospital we go - my Mom and one of my Brothers. Part of my Support Team to demonstrate that I have a support system in place to help me through the process. This is important.
I hope there will be a Step 2 that comes with being accepted. But here we go; Step 1 is underway as we head to the hospital.