Transplanting Hope: My life – Someone Else’s Heart provides an in-depth look at breaking down medical and social barriers and persevering in times of great difficulties and pain. An extremely rare diagnosis of lymphangectasia (enlarged lymph vessels) left 13 year old Kristy Thackeray feeling weak and extremely ill. After numerous tests, doctors learned that there was something else, something much more serious, going on with Kristy. She was told she also had the rare heart disease, restrictive cardiomyopathy.
Kristy needed a new heart.
Kristy Thackeray lives in Chestermere, AB with her husband, Wade, their two teenage girls, Shaylynn and McKayla, and their Alaskan malamute, Breaker. Kristy received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and currently works as a community resource coordinator for a non-for-profit organization in Calgary, AB. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to start a foundation to help donor families. For more information please contact Kristy via Facebook, Twitter or by visting her website www.kristythackeray.com
Readers can purchase Kristy's memoir at drug stores in Elk Point, AB; The Steaming Cup in Brooks, AB; The Friends of University Hospital, University of Alberta in Edmonton AB; and online at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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