Most days, Cystic Fibrosis made breathing an overwhelming effort for Trevor Umlah. In August of 2007 however, Trevor received a double lung transplant at the Toronto General Hospital, and his life changed dramatically. After years of struggling to breathe, he felt he had been given a new lease on life.
While admitting that a lung transplant is not a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, his new lungs have improved his strength, energy and provided him with significant relief from the constant coughing and struggle to breathe.
In 2009, Trevor celebrated his return to good health by running the 5km race in the Lung Association of Nova Scotia’s Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run. The day was filled with emotion. He had just celebrated his 41st birthday and the 2nd anniversary of his lung transplant and recognized that he had come a long way. “When I crossed the finish line I was overwhelmed. Being normal was great, my senses were heightened and I was aware of how lucky I was, and how grateful I was for the support of family, friends, and my community”.
Trevor is a volunteer Board Member with The Lung Association of Nova Scotia, so he can help others impacted by lung disease.