LINDSAY - Growing up, all Dawn Oldnall wanted to be was normal.
Unfortunately, being born with an immune deficiency that led to her being diagnosed with bronchial cysts at age 10, made it extremely difficult.
“I would get pneumonia all the time. Every time I got sick, it was more and more difficult to get better. . . On a good day, my lung capacity would be about 11 per cent. If I was sick, it went down to three or four per cent. I was on oxygen all the time,” said the now 25-year-old who underwent a double lung transplant in 2007; just two months before her 16th birthday.
However, being raised in a family whose mantra was “giving up is never an option”, Ms Oldnall not only sailed through the transplant but in 2008 was competing at the Canadian Transplant Association Games in Windsor. She even made a presentation to her high school about her experiences. The following year she jetted off to Australia for the World Transplant Games. Continue reading
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