Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis to Become a Running and Fitness Enthusiast
When Tammy Bolerjack was 18 years old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. While most patients are diagnosed by age 2, Tammy’s case was unusual because she didn’t experience any symptoms as a child. As the years went on, emergency room visits became more frequent, but nothing could have prepared her for what was next: the Mayo Clinic lung transplant team told Tammy that a double lung transplant was needed to save her life. She received her lung transplant in August 2011, after being put on a ventilator for 12 days to help her breathe. Shortly after her transplant, Tammy was able to get back to her biggest passion: running. Five years later, Tammy has competed in more than 25 5K and 10K races and more than 12 half-marathons. She’s truly an inspiration to us all! Learn more about Tammy’s story from Sharing Mayo Clinic.