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Breathing Room Author, a Healthcare Advocate

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Beth Gobeil, author of Breathing Room sees her writing as a way to raise awareness on Cystic Fibrosis and the pressing need for more people to join the Canadian donor program.

“There was a time,” says Gobeil, “When we allowed ourselves to believe that we would not be able to witness our son meet his life’s goals, those things every young person dreams of: going to post-secondary school, starting a career, falling in love…he deserved another chance at life. My son got his chance and I am an advocate for all Cystic Fibrosis patients who need our support.”

Gobeil is donating her portion of the sales of Breathing Room to  Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Canadian Transplant Association. The information below has been provided by Beth Gobeil.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure.

Cystic fibrosis causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of cystic fibrosis involvement differs from person to person. However, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, eventually causes death in the majority of people who have cystic fibrosis.

Typical complications caused by cystic fibrosis are difficulty in digesting fats and proteins; vitamin deficiencies due to loss of pancreatic enzymes; and progressive loss of lung function. It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis. For more information see:

Why Be an Organ Donor?

There are more than 4,500 people waiting for organ transplants in Canada today. Every year, too many people die waiting for an organ transplant. Unfortunately, only a fraction of Canadians are registered to donate. It only takes a few minutes to become an organ and tissue donor. In those few minutes, the opportunity to give the most precious gift--life--could be yours. Please take the time today and give. To register to be a donor in your province, talk to your physician, or google:

If you decide to become an organ and tissue donor, discuss it with your family and friends. Loved ones are always asked before donation happens, so it's important that they know your wishes.

How organ and tissue donation helps:

A single donor can give the precious gift of life to many people. Register to donate and you could:

Save as many as 8 lives

Improve the quality of life for up to 75 people

Benefit countless families and loved ones of those in need

Who can be an organ or tissue donor?

Anyone can be considered as a potential donor. Age is less important than the health of your organs and tissues.

It is also possible to donate organs while you're still alive. In special cases, living donors:

Can donate a kidney, part of the liver, and a lobe of the lung

Must be old enough to give consent (different in every province or territory)

Must be in good health

Organ transplant results

Transplantation success rates are excellent. Between 80 and 95% of patients are doing well one year after transplant. Overall, transplant recipients enjoy an excellent quality of life and are able to work, attend school, travel and play sports.

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