David needs a new lung!
“I stopped breathing for awhile.
But it’s OK, I started again.”
Sadly no, with a fraction of normal lung capacity, breathing has become increasingly problematic for David.
But listening to him is a humbling and positive experience.
I’ll truly miss him if he doesn’t get a new lung soon.
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David has pulmonary fibrosis
I’m increasingly unable to process oxygen.”
“My only hope of survival is a lung transplant.
But shortage of donors means that 3 people die each day waiting for a donor. The NHS Organ Donor Register needs more people to sign up.
David feels this is terribly sad.
“It causes huge unnecessary suffering of patients and their family.”
“I lasted longer than expected, but it’s an unpredictable condition. I’ll be happy to last another few months.”
If it was me we were talking about, it’d have to be from under the duvet where I was hiding. But David’s surprisingly positive and cheerful.
I ask him why.
“We normally live our lives against a background of fear. So many things in our lives frighten us. People avoid thinking about death, but a lucky few of us are forced to face and acknowledge it. The conclusion you have to come to is “is that it?!”
Our big unspoken fear – the bogeyman – just vanishes.”
See also David on Buddhism and Looking Death Straight in the Eye (part 2) –
Interview with the Bristol Evening Post, looks at how Dharma has enabled David to be that brave.
Also Beauty is to be Found in the Moment – images.
Married with 3 kids and a fat chocolate labrador.