Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Well I expect most of you know the great news already from wonderful Uncle Grunc's comment on the previous post, but I thought I'd make it official by putting it into its very own post, because this is just the best news I have ever heard!!!


This is what we have all been waiting to hear and means that our awesome Emily is making great progress! I know from other people who have gone through double lung transplants, that their first breath with their new lungs is like no other they have ever experienced. I'm so very happy that finally Emily has had the chance to experience this.

I think we all know just how determined and focussed Emily is and I am sure that these qualities are going to be very significant over the coming days and weeks as she works on gradually getting her strength back and re-learning how to do all the things that she hasn't been able to do for so long. There may still be some tricky times ahead as recovery from an operation this huge takes months, but I know that with Emily's strength of character and zest for life, she will tackle every hurdle head on and with determination.

Even when Emily was struggling so much during the months before her transplant, she still managed to have plenty of inner bounce and sparkle. With a new pair of puffers I reckon there will be stopping her! I won't be able to see her for a few months unfortunately (due to cross-infection rules) but just knowing she has had her transplant and that she is now off the ventilator has already made my year, as it has done for so many other people.

Once again I'd like everyone to remember the family who gave Emily this gift and in doing so have given her life itself and a future. Emily, her family and friends can never thank them enough.

Thanks to everyone who has wished me well too. I had my operation this afternoon but was prepared to have a stand-up fight if I was prevented from getting to a computer to post this blog, seeing as I've waited two years to be able to pass on such positive news! I am doing fine though and will continue to update when there is more news. However I'm sure that as soon as Emily is a bit stronger and gets near to a computer she will be taking over the job again and I know we will all be so happy when that happens!


frizzymum said...

YAY YAY YAY - pink & sparkly cyber hugs for both Wemmies! Looking forward to catching up with you both very soon. Xxxx

Kat said...

Thank you Emmie! It is the most brilliant news! Finally Em can breathe with two new, healthy lungs :D But of course, there is a family somewhere daling with a terrible loss. I hope they know that, through making that difficult decision, they have so drastically improved (and actually saved) a wonderful person's life, and that so many people are grateful.

It's good to hear you're also doing well, I hope that continues! It's a shame you and Em won't be able to see each other for a while, but if it helps then it must be worth it :)

Saw Em on Watchdog tonight - my mum sent me a text to say that Em should get a job in television! It was a very moving piece.

Still sending to lots of love to the Thackrays, and to you :) xxx

Lizzie said...

I just can't imagine what it is like going to sleep (as it were) struggling to breathe and waking up a few days later with all that AIR just rushing in to greet you. What an amazing experience! My positive vibes are headed to emily in the coming weeks and months as she embarks on this journey to her new life. I'm tingling for her. I look forward to her writings telling us all about it! Good luck Emily!
Thank you soo much Emmie for the update when i'm sure you're quite sore!
Lizzie xxx

Anna said...

this is just the best news! Here's to a continued successful recovery!

Jacqui and Jake said...

What wonderful news! Am so happy for all involved,and of course deeply sorry for the donor family. Thanks for updating, Emma. Especially so soon after your own surgery. All love and hopeful wishes. Xx

Anonymous said...

Thanx very much for update again. Such good news for Emily and her family. Special thoughts and prayers for the donor family too such a wonderful 'gift' and hope they can find some comfort knowing they have helped Emily in such desperate needs of a transplant.

Emily are posting a card tomorrow so be with you soon hoepfully :D

Emma hope all goes ok for you and that you will be home soon too.

best wishes Elaine Rach & family xx

Anonymous said...

Thanx very much for update again. Such good news for Emily and her family. Special thoughts and prayers for the donor family too such a wonderful 'gift' and hope they can find some comfort knowing they have helped Emily in such desperate needs of a transplant.

Emily are posting a card tomorrow so be with you soon hoepfully :D

Emma hope all goes ok for you and that you will be home soon too.

best wishes Elaine Rach & family xx

Alice said...

Just the best news ever! At last you have some new sparkly lungs to help you in your battle to save mankind (really is meant quite sincerely). So so pleased Em. Again, we say thank you to the family that during such a difficult time, were so brave and generous, to give this gift to such a wonderful person. Huge hugs to all of the family and A. Em, like many others (mainly thanks to Uncle Grunc) saw you on Watchdog tonight, as has been said earlier it was a very moving piece.

Emmie, thank you so much for keeping us updated, especially so quickly after surgery! I hope you also continue to do well.

Lots and lots of love to all,
Alice (and the rest of the thompsons, although they probably don't want credit for this poorly written blog!)

Amy Crees said...

I am so glad I have this blog to go to to find-out how Emily is getting on...all my love to her, Adam, and the Thackray family. I can't believe I saw Em just before Christmas and this has happened since - I got my wish for 2007 very early in the year.

For those of you looking at the time I sent this, I'm not an insomniac, I'm working night shifts helping ladies have their babies!

Bev & Lucy said...

Fantastic news all round.

We too watched Watchdog - very moving piece. Lucy sat waving at the screen!

Love as always

The Pearsons

swissfriend said...

what a fantastic pair you are - such courage. Emma, my ongoing best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. How admirable to think of updating on Emily's progress when you yourself just underwent surgery. I am bowled over by such selflessness! So get well very very soon.
Wonderful wonderful news about Emily finally breathing unaided and unabetted!! What a great gift she has been given. I know none of us will ever forget the courageous family who made this possible. Another totally selfless act. May they find peace of mind after their terrible loss.
May this year restore perfect health to all those currently unwell.
as always, Janet

Anonymous said...

what wonderful news!!!! everyone must be on such a high at the moment. we will keep on praying that the rest of the recovery goes well.
trigger and triggers bettter half

Kate & Alice said...

Dear Emily and Emmie
Really pleased that you are both doing well.
Will be thinking of you both and of course Emily's donor family.
Lots of love to both your families
at this exhausting time.

Hannah said...

Being a religious type I just want to publically thank God for thsi amazing gift. I'm praying that Emily keeps doing so well, and that teh family who have suffered such a loss will know how much good they have done.
H x

Anonymous said...

YAY! thats fantastic news! I couldn't be happier for you Em!! What more can I say!! You deserve these new lungs, enjoy them to the fullest!! :o))

Greg xx

Marjolein said...

Yaaay Em!!! That is brilliant hear! I bet things will go better and better even more quickly now.
More pink and sparkly positive thoughts are coming your way!

Keep it up girl!

Love, Marjolein

Anonymous said...


Love Audrey xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Emily and Emma, thanks for the update and good news. Will continue to pray for you both.

Love, Randall

Hilary said...

That's fantastic!
Hope your op went well Emmie and thanks for keeping us all posted.

Anonymous said...

Great new, this is a big step. And now they'll have her up and walking soon as well. I remember what a great feeling it was when my legs gave out and not my lungs :D

Jos Falzon said...

Yipeee. Brill news. Hope you're better too Em. xxx

Laura said...

This is the most amasing news! i dont blame mummy thackray for wanting to squish you with cuddles!! im sending a big (gentle) cutch your way via my computer hehe!! Emi T i hope that first breath was everything you had been dreaming of and more!! cant quite believe how you're recovering so well you're a true inspiration!

A big hello and a bigger hug to the rest of the family!

Wishing you a speedy recovery too Emmie! and thank you for the updates!

lots of love to all

The Mahoney family (stoupa)
Martin, Gill, Laura & Anne-Marie

Liz said...

Absolutely the best news I've heard this year (allbeit 8 days long so far!). That must have been one amazing breath of relief. I wonder what your New Year's resolutions will be now... Congratulations! And Emmmie, I know you even less than Emily, but thank you and I hope you feel a bit better today. x

Anonymous said...

yay! another day and another step in the right direction! your updates post on the cf trust is no doubt going to break the record for most looked at and most posts!!! keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

Thanx Emmie for the wonderful news that our Em is breathing on her own. I still feel tingly after reading the post, and hope the donor family can be comforted in the knowledge they have given the greatest gift of all,albeit that it might have been a difficult decision to make.Hope you yourself are not too sore after your surgery and that it won't be long till you can go home. Lots of love and gentle cuddles to Emily and Adam and all the family from Maggie, Archie & Chris xxx

Anonymous said...


Thats absolutly fabulous news, way to go Emily!!!

Please pass on our very best wishes to the family,

We hope your operation went well & you have a speedy recovery.

Loads of love & support as always,
Karen, Colin Prior & Family. X

annemac101 said...

I have just heard the news as I've been in hospital and no computer .I am so pleased for you Emily ,I knew this day would come so get these new lungs breathing and keep getting better everyday ,I'm so happy for you and your family you now have so much of life to look forward to ..good luck ...love Anne

hellsbells (bristol) said...

Oh my goodness, that must have been such a special moment. I want to thank Medicine for making this possible!


Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but i am just so happy for you. Keep going and good luck

Anonymous said...

I found out about this wonderful news just before rehearsing a pantomime...much pink and sparklies from the fairies of Cinderella in Oldham..and King Bob

love sal, Bob, Katie and Tom

altogether now..
oh yes she will

Michele Corston said...

Keep fighting Emily you are doing so well. sending you lots of pink and sparkly thoughts.

Best wishes to all of your family as well.


Anonymous said...

fantastic news !!! i hope the winter sun comes out once more and you can breathe in the cold air...
all my love to you, Emily, and your wonderful family,

Pip xxxxxxxxxx

Jo said...

Congratutlations! I wish you the best recovery and hope everything goes well. You are a strong and amazing girl! Good luck!
Joanna Soteriou

lil fairy said...

YAY!! I hope you are enjoying breathing with those amazing new lungs of yours sweetie. Am sending lots of sparkly huggles and lots of love to you and all your family!!

minnie mouse said...

Thanks Emma for your updates, ppleased to hear that operation went well and hope you have a speedy recovery. Its a shame that you won't be able to see Emily for a while.

Emily, thats excellent news. Yay go you. So pleased to hear how well you are going.Really hope that it continues.

Take Care both of you.

Simba said...

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Fantabulous news there missy :) :) xxx

Anonymous said...

Yippee! Such fantastic news. All love and best wishes to Emily, her family, and her friends. You must all be a strong and wonderful bunch!

Looking forward to hearing from Emily on the blog/CFforums just as soon as she is well enough. What a story that will be.

Perdita x

Anonymous said...

We've been following Emily's progress and this is fantastic news!!
Loads of love Emily and to your wonderful family, Anne,John,Lucy Abby and Adam.
Hilary, Simon Kate and Chrisxxxx

rachel said...

Such amazing news Emily! Am so happy you got your call after all this time, your positive attitude is a real inspiration to so many including myself. Here's to getting stronger and breathing deeper everyday. Will be thinking of you.
lots of love
Rachel Agutter

Anonymous said...

I am so pleased that you are doing so well. You have been such a support to Sarah and William despite your own condition. May you have a happy and healthy future.
Margaret Hodgkins (Sarah's mum)

Anonymous said...

YAY - breathing with those new turbo charged lungs - well they better be turbo charged - with all the talking that you are going to be doing in the future.

Am soooo pleased for your Emily

sending loads of pink sparkly hugs to you, A and all your family.

love Emma

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

What fantastic news.. I ve been in hospital but been keep updated.. I so pleased Emily is doing so well... I can imagine that breath was amazing... Go Emily!!!
I know you will continue to get better and better...

xx Sandy xx

Anonymous said...

Any chance of an update. Even if its a one line of no change!