Mon, 11 April 2011
Dottie Lessard is a 44-year-old with cystic fibrosis (CF). She also is 16 years post- double-lung transplant, an athlete and life coach, a published author (“Seven Letters That Saved My Life”), and founder of Dottie’s Dream, a nonprofit organization. Most importantly, Dottie is the proud mother of her seven-year-old son, Liam. Dottie is LIVING BREATHING SUCCEEDING with a beautiful family!
• Dottie grew up in Massachusetts and was diagnosed at six weeks of age.
• “I always admired athletes and the strength and endurance that they possess, and therefore exercise has become a passion of mine,” Dottie says.
• Dottie started playing basketball at an early age, but as she got sicker, she always found a way to exercise - even if it was only five minutes every day. “Exercise empowers me,” she says.
• “I was listed for a double lung transplant in 1992 and stayed motivated by thinking of all the great things I would do post transplant – that kept me going.”
• “Pre-transplant, I was in the hospital a lot and watched life happen outside … I became friends with the nurses and learned about their lives,” Dottie says.
• Post-transplant, Dottie continued to focus on being an athlete and started competing in the Transplant Games in 1996. Dottie currently trains 45 to 60 minutes every day.
• “I continue to be motivated today because of my wonderful son, Liam. I am thankful that I have been blessed with a new life with my lung transplant,” she says.
• Dottie’s words of wisdom for people with CF…