I have had this little camera tucked away in the corner of my room, collecting dust. It would haunt me every time my eyes roamed the room and spotted it. How could such a little device make such an impact on me? Well, this device is full of deep, and uncharted territory. This was the camera my older sister, Ashley, used to document her journey while waiting to receive her second life saving double lung transplant. It documented all of her experiences, her struggles, sadness, and unfortunately, the end of her beautiful life. She documented each moment… the worst, the sad, and the horrifying. She so desperately wanted to share all of these photos with all who followed her journey, and was prepared to do so once she received her new lungs. The only problem, she never got those lungs. I finally opened up that little camera after I could feel it daunting me every time I entered my bedroom… and here I am, doing what she wanted all along, sharing it with the world. This is easily the most emotional post I have ever made, but I think its important to show you, not only because it is what she wanted… not only because it will express how brave she was, or how hard she fought, but also express the true importance of life- and how no one should ever take, even a breath, for granted.
We start at her evaluation at Cleveland Clinic, before she was even accepted as a transplant patient:
(Still had that HUGE appetite)
Back home after the EVAL…needed dental clearance before being accepted into Cleveland (make sure no infections) My moms friend Art is a dentist and was willing to do a full days worth of tests to get it sent in right away!