Meet Todd and Dreama Cooper

*All names of other guests mentioned have been changed to protect their privacy. The first thing Dreama Cooper says about her husband Todd is that he “has nine lives.” The Cooper’s transplant journey has been a difficult one. And while each transplant experience is unique, the challenges Dreama and Todd have faced are ones many…

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Meet Miriam and Ron Weaver

Imagine learning that you would need to be away from your home, your family, and your community for at least 100 days in unfamiliar surroundings while navigating a life-changing medical diagnosis. For Miriam Weaver, who came to Cleveland with her husband Ron in need of a bone marrow transplant, she knew that she would have…

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Meet Amanda Gruendell and Christine Gossett

Christine Gossett was 14 years old when she was told that she did not have a uterus. “When I got that diagnosis, it was devastating news for a teenage girl,” she remembers. “It’s traumatizing to hear there’s no hope for you, that you’re not ever going to be able to become pregnant.” Like Christine, Amanda…

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Meet Donna and Thomas Plummer

During a two-day surgery in May of 2022, Donna Plummer received her liver transplant. Of those days and the weeks of recovery in the ICU that followed, Donna admits she remembers very little. “I was just surviving,” she says. “It’s come out pretty well I think, but there were some struggles. But we had a…

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Meet Jennifer Alley

Jennifer Alley had her intestinal transplant in July of 2004. In 2008 she gave birth to her son, Felton. “I was the first adult small bowel recipient to give birth,” Jennifer says. Jennifer Alley’s transplant journey began with a diagnosis of myopathic obstruction. What that meant, as Jennifer explains, is that she had no gastrointestinal…

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Meet Aly, Noland, and Wyvette Williams

Six years ago, Noland Williams learned he would need a liver transplant. Within a year he was listed, but Noland would continue to wait for a liver for another five years. “He had been on the list for so long,” his wife, Wyvette, recalls, “and he was getting sicker as the years went by.” Their…

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Meet Mike and Melissa Komula

“We just like it here, huh?” Mike Komula asks his wife Melissa as they sit side-by-side on the couch in Transplant House’s community space. They have been speaking for almost an hour  about their many stays at Transplant House (73 nights, including a seven week stay, spread over nearly four-and-a-half years). Melissa, holding his hand…

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Meet Kathie and Brian Holmes

As an oncology nurse at a small community hospital, Kathie Holmes is all too aware of how a person’s life can change in an instant, with a single diagnosis. She’s seen it many times. As the wife of a man whose lungs were destroyed by COVID-19, she’s also aware of the uncertainty severe illness brings, of the financial hardships, and the ongoing struggle to be heard. She’s lived it.

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Meet Doug and Susan Smith

Transplant House was a home away from home. Everyone I’ve talked to, before arriving and while here, have been so welcoming and kind! ~Susan Smith On June 21, 2013, Doug received a lung transplant that saved his life. The otherwise healthy 42-year-old had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and spent over a year traveling…

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Meet Jack and Barb from Florida

Jack and Barb Goltz are long-term guests at Transplant House. Their story touches upon so many themes we see time and again with those on the transplant journey – waiting, advocating for oneself, multiple procedures, a longer road to recovery and having to uproot one’s life quickly to travel away from home for a chance…

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