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Book release - New Balloons: How New Lungs Helped Me Fly

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Imagine sucking air through the tiny hole in your closed fist, or trying to breathe in and out through a straw… Imagining is hard when breath comes easily to you. It is something humans do every day. Something people take for granted. Breathing was a luxury Leanne thought she would always have… until it was taken away from her.

Leanne’s story begins as her life is ending. She is dying. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is stealing her breath. She can’t even brush her hair without gasping for air and feeling as if she is suffocating. Leanne feels as though each breath may be her last as CF slowly drowns her from the inside. But then a miracle happens… She is offered a new set of lungs and a second chance at life.

New Balloons: How New Lungs Helped Me Fly is a passionate and honest memoir that will take readers on an emotional roller coaster ride of life with failing lungs. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Leanne faces her own death with a valiant strength and resilience, reminding readers of the most important things in life, and to be grateful for each and every breath. Hope resonates through her words, drawing the reader into a warm repository of emotion that will leave them reaching for a box of tissues. Her positivity in the face of adversity echoes of a reality very few of us have faced. A candid and thoughtful insight into organ donation through the eyes of a lucky and grateful recipient.

New Balloons is published by Aurora House. RRP AUD$24.95. ISBN 978-0-6483509-0-3. Available in all main online bookstores. Also available as an ebook on Amazon for $3.99.

About the Author

Sydney-born Leanne Demers was diagnosed at just nine months old with cystic fibrosis: a genetic, life-threatening condition. In 1971, life expectancy was around ten years old. Leanne’s mother was told that her daughter might not live long enough to go to school.

One of three siblings, Leanne is now forty-seven and is seen by many as inspirational. Leanne fought against all odds - she lived to go to school, studied education at university, and thrived teaching children with intellectual disabilities, and she even managed to find love. In 2012, Leanne received a double-lung transplant and was granted a second chance at life. Leanne grasped that opportunity and quickly learned to fly with what she calls her ‘new balloons’.

She hopes her story will inspire others suffering with CF to keep fighting, and that it will educate them on what to expect before and after a lung transplant, taking a little bit of fear out of the unknown.

Publication Date: 26 October 2018

Author: Leanne Demers

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