November Patient of the Month: Sabrina Yoder

Sabrina Yoder

In 2004, Sabrina went to the hospital because she thought she was having a heart attack.   

However, multiple tests revealed she was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Over the years, her illness has worsened, and doctors now say a double-lung transplant is essential to her survival. Sadly, Sabrina understands the effects of lung disease all too well, as multiple members of her family have battled their own lung-related issues, including COPD, emphysema, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and lung cancer.

In order to receive the best possible care, she packed up and moved to South Carolina so she could be near her daughter, son-in-law and grandson while awaiting her transplant. Her family means everything to her, and she dreams of one day playing soccer with her grandson and pushing him in a swing—something she’s never been able to do. Sabrina used to love bowling, gardening, being outside and spending time with her friends, but her activities are very limited these days.

To read more about Sabrina or to make a donation to assist with her expenses, visit her personal fundraising page.