Ottawa Citizen | Bruce Deachman
Everywhere Nancy Neville goes, she carries a letter from the mother of a 12-yearold boy whose lungs have given her a second chance
As Nancy Neville lists the medication she takes, it's difficult not to imagine a cascading avalanche of pills and capsules, as one prescription counters the side-effects of another in an effort to reach some level of normalcy.
In all, she takes 30 or more pills a day, beginning with the immunosuppressants required so her body won't reject the lungs she received nearly four years ago. She takes antibiotics, as well, and medication for acid reflux.
"My medication causes anxiety attacks," she says, "so I take stuff for that. "And depression, so I'm on some uppers for that.
"The anti-rejection drugs are really bad for your bones," she adds, "so I'm on high doses of calcium and a drug called Actonel, which they use for osteoporosis. I'm on a high dose of magnesium, and I take vitamin D."
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