Joanne Hawley

Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland

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I was so happy to be asked to participate in the making of this quilt. What a great way to honour those who donated their organs in order for people (like me) to go on living. I am a wife and mother of two and was born with an inherited lung disease. As I grew older my lungs got so diseased that I had to use oxygen 24 hours a day. I would like to tell you about my life prior to my transplant but to be honest I didn’t have much of one. Doing simple tasks such as dressing, bathing or even brushing my teeth became a real chore that left me exhausted. But now (thanks to my donor) I am actually LIVING. There are so many things I enjoy doing, some of which are renovating our home, gardening, sewing, cooking (and having my siblings over for dinner, all 8 of them….oh what fun). My son who is now 21 years of age doesn’t require much of my time but my daughter who is 15 years old now thinks it is great that we are able to have mother and daughter outings. We love spending time together whether we go to the movies, to the mall or just to Chapters to sip hot chocolate and thumb through the books. Most of all I enjoy just spending quality time with my family. Ahhhhh ... life is great thanks to my guardian angel and of course my doctors (Dr. Alan H. Menkis, Dr. Mackenzie Quantz, Dr. Dildar Ahmad in London, Ontario and Dr. Harry Edstrom in St. John’s, Newfoundland) who got me to where I am today.

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