Breathing is something many of us take for granted. Now imagine not being able to do that without help from a machine. That is how one local woman lives day to day as she waits for a lung transplant. Her name is
Amy Schmidt. "I have Cystic Fibrosis," says Schmidt.
At home she is connected to an air filter in her bedroom. She plans her trips away from home by how much oxygen she needs for the day. "I base my whole life schedule around this little machine," says, Schmidt as she lifts her portable air tank.
Schmidt was born with cystic fibrosis and now needs two new lungs. Schmidt says without it the predictions are not good. "They told me if I didn't have the transplant that probably within two to three years I would probably... wouldn't last much longer than that."
She's been on the donor list for almost a year now. "I know I am at the very top of the list so I pray about it, hope it happens soon." Last December Schmidt got the call that the transplant was a go, only to be dissappointed. "Had all my stuff packed and loaded and on the plane ready to go and right at the last second they called me and cancelled it," says Schmidt. Now she is waiting again. "It's kinda like my life's on hold right now."
But she's not alone, Schmidt says her boyfriend scott is always by her side. "He's been really good he's really supportive he drives back and forth to Denver to see me when I go to the university for my check ups and stuff."
Her parents are also there for her. Her dad sometimes working seven days a week to raise money for the transplant. Both parents using their life savings to help their daughter.
Schmidt says the first thing she would do after the transplant is to take a trip without her oxygen tank. Schmidt says, "I want to go to the beach somewhere, lay on the beach."
In the meantime she's trying to raise money to help pay some of her bills so when everything falls in place she can breathe a much needed sigh of relief.
Anyone who would like to help can make a donation to Amy's Lung Fund at any Alpine Bank Location.