THE STORY OF MY WIFE'S FIGHT WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS, LUNG TRANSPLANT...AND WHAT I LEARNED FROM IT.
On New Year's Eve 2014, 37 years into her fight with Cystic Fibrosis, Rebecca Poole went into respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. They told me that she would not be able to breathe on her own without a double lung transplant and then they said she was too sick to qualify for one.
We started 2015 with a prognosis of 'days to weeks'. The year brought pneumonia, aspiration, septic shock, and something called ECMO. I learned that walking on a ventilator was possible even though talking was not. I learned that you need to find joy in every moment because those moments are limited. I learned about Rebecca's weird affinity for tapioca pudding even though she was not a grandparent over 80. I also learned several lessons that helped me get through the situation, both in the hospital and outside of it. I decided to write a book because I believe that this perspective can help others.
The Hospital Comfort Kit: Get a better "get better" gift!
Experience the ride, the afterparty, or BOTH!
Actual pictures and video clips from the lung transplant journey (2 min).
Rebecca and Ray in Woman's World Magazine
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Read all 38 Lessons I learned
Ray's TEDx talk "The Case for Realistic Optimism"
Ray was featured in the Tomorrow's Leaders Podcast for the CFF.
Featured on Local 12 in Cincinnati while donating Hospital Comfort Kits to all of the patients in the wing where Rebecca stayed at the Drake Center
Lessons from a CF Cornerman received several accolades including the Gold Medal by Reader's Favorite!
As a BONUS...learnhow a man should hold his wife's (or any woman's) pocketbook.
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