Title: Living & Loving Life with CF Post Transplant – Andrea Eisenman
talks about her “New Life”
Andrea Eisenman, 43 years old with cystic fibrosis (CF), post double lung
transplant 8 years, and engaged to be married. Andrea is volunteering with CF
Roundtable, a newsletter published by adults with CF, and also working on her
film project about CF entitled “Nobody Should Know” and LIVING BREATHING
SUCCEEDING on a daily basis…
- Andrea was diagnosed with CF at 9 months, grew up in NYC, and studied
art at SUNY Purchase
- “Exercise is key going into a transplant so I used to swim in the pool
using oxygen as my mother walked along the side of the pool holding the
oxygen tank” states Andrea
- Andrea was transplanted at New York Presbyterian in April 25th 2000 and
was amazed at what if felt like to take a breath without coughing – “it is
beyond comprehension, I never felt this well”.
- “Going into transplant it is extremely important to have a support team
– my mom is amazing!” states Andrea
- “Life goes on post transplant and I still have CF but my quality of life
- Andrea competes in the Transplant Games (International Competition for
people that have had a transplant) in tennis, biking, running, and swimming.
- Andrea’s advice to others facing a transplant include; investigate good
transplant centers, talk to others that had a transplant, exercise, go to
support groups, and have a strong support group of family and friends.
- “ I appreciate being alive – it’s a gift…” states Andrea.
This “LIVING. BREATHING. SUCCEEDING.” Podcast/Vodcast series is the 5th of 12
made possible through and unrestricted educational grant from Genentech to The
Boomer Esiason Foundation.