Breathing Is Something Many Take for Granted

Reflections on the eleventh anniversary of my lung transplant

A woman wearing nasal prongs, cuddling a dog
Photo Credit: Parsons Family Archives

The urge to answer the phone was strong.

I knew I had Buckley’s chance of making it in time, but I gave it a crack anyway. I turned off the BiPAP. I clipped the oxygen cord into my prongs. My morning cough arrived with an intensity that left me exhausted. My…



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Sandi Parsons

Sandi Parsons


Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.