April Patient of the Month: Terri deBruin

April 22, 2010

 In 2004, Terri first noticed troubling symptoms, such as redness and swelling in her hands. After a local rheumatologist reviewed her records, symptoms and blood tests, she immediately knew something was wrong. Terri soon learned she was suffering from systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease causing her immune system to attack her body, especially her lungs. Doctors have told Terri a lung transplant is essential to her survival.

A devoted wife and mother of two, Terri is determined to overcome this disease so she can spend many more years with her family and see her children get married and have children of their own. Terri loves to scrapbook and do other crafts and is thankful she can still enjoy these activities. She looks forward to being well enough travel to museums and zoos and stay outdoors in the heat, which she loves.

A lung transplant costs approximately $450,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health insurane, Terri faces significant medical expenses. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. The cost of post-transplant medications can range from $2,000 to $5,000 per month--and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.

To learn more about Terri or to make a donation to directly assist with her transplant expenses, visit her web bio on the NFT website.