Second Wind: Oral Histories of Lung Transplant Survivors

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byMary Jo Festle

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Many people have suffered from diseases that literally take their breath away. Second Wind relates the compelling stories of 'ordinary' Americans who sought a second chance through lung transplantation and the historical and socio-medical factors that affected them. Excerpts from oral history interviews reveal the physical and psychological challenges of deciding to pursue a transplant, waiting for a donor organ, and adapting to a new life with a lung from someone who died. Meaningful for those facing transplantation, their caregivers, scholars, and people outside the transplant community, Second Wind explores themes of uncertainty, timing, identity, coping, and quality of life.

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Many people have suffered from diseases that literally take their breath away. Second Wind relates the compelling stories of 'ordinary' Americans who sought a second chance through lung transplantation and the historical and socio-medical factors that affected them. Excerpts from oral history interviews reveal the physical and psycholo...

MARY JO FESTLE is a professor of History at Elon University, where she teaches courses in recent U.S. History and Oral History. She is also the author of Playing Nice: Politics and Apologies in Women's Sports. Her brother Bob had a lung transplant.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.5 × 5.94 × 0.88 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340911

ISBN - 13:9780230340916

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Experience of End-Stage Lung Disease * Socio-Medical History of Lung Transplantation, 1963-2000 * Making the Decision and Being Evaluated for Transplant * Waiting and Coping * Getting "The Call" * Second Wind: Life after Transplant with a Donor Lung * Quality of Life after Transplant * Lung Transplants in the Twenty-first Century