April Patient of the Month: Anya Maciulewski
When Anya was 2, doctors discovered a brain tumor, which required chemotherapy. The following year, she underwent radiation to her head and spine. At ages 11 and 12, she successfully completed treatments for two more brain tumors.
In 2010, she was unable to breathe, and her parents rushed her to the ER, where she was put into a drug-induced coma. After eight weeks, she was able to return home, but later that year was hospitalized again for seven weeks, four of which she required life support. Sadly, the chemotherapy and radiation caused severe scarring of her lungs, leading to pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome and interstitial lung disease. She’s only 27, but doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.
As you can imagine, this has been a very stressful time for Anya and her parents, but it has also made the tight-knit family even closer. Anya is thankful for her strong faith and the love and support of her family and friends, who mean so much to her. When she feels well enough, she loves knitting, crafts, watching movies and spending time with her friends. Anya is a fighter, and she’s determined to live her life to the fullest. She hopes a transplant will allow her to resume her normal life and once again go on mission trips, something she has truly missed since her health declined. She dreams of traveling and getting out of the house more. But right now, she needs your help.