Great Strides: Double lung transplant patient not taking walk for granted

Carly Allen, left, with mum Tina Anderson, will take part in Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis this month following a double lung transplant earlier this year. Picure: Martin Kennealey. d444821
Carly Allen, left, with mum Tina Anderson, will take part in Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis this month following a double lung transplant earlier this year. Picure: Martin Kennealey. d444821

JUST three months ago, a 4km circuit at Perry Lakes Reserve would have been impossible for Carly Allen to complete.

Enduring the complications of cystic fibrosis, Ms Allen was on oxygen 24 hours a day.

Walking just small distances required significant effort.

But a double lung transplant in July changed the 32-year-old’s life.

This month she’ll walk 4km in the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser at Perry Lakes.

Ms Allen described the difference in her life before and after the operation.

“I wasn’t really able to work very much, when I was around the house I was attached to a permanent oxygen cord – even going to the letter box was an issue,” she said.

“Now I can move around freely… I have been walking 4km just about every morning.

“I don’t get breathless, I don’t get tired and I’m able to return to full time work.”

The Ridgewood resident, who works in administration, wanted to complete the awareness walk in tribute to the efforts of the team at Cystic Fibrosis WA.

“They’ve been a tremendous support to me and now that I’m capable of doing the walk I wanted to help raise some funds,” she said.

Cystic fibrosis is an incurable disorder that causes the recurring build up of mucus in the lungs, airways and digestive system from birth.

A lung transplant greatly improves quality of life because the new lungs will not develop the condition.

However, it still affects other parts of the body, which must be closely monitored.

GET INVOLVED

What: Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis WA

Where: Perry Lakes Reserve

When: Sunday, October 25

Who: Runners, walkers and pram pushers

How: 4km or 8km course

More info: greatstrideswa.org.au