Written by Natalie Griffin, Double Lung Recipient
Natalie Griffin is a 26 year old athlete and artist from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her double lung transplant on April 10, 2013 in St. Louis, MO.
When your life takes you down a path you could have never foreseen, it is humbling - and in a good way. It is a friendly reminder from the universe that while you may think you have the starring role in the movie of your life, you’re actually just an extra in the background, playing your part just as it was given to you... while the only people who can really even notice are the other extras that surround you.
Photo: Natalie with her organ donor's mom, Tammy
I was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Despite my diagnosis, I led a very active life throughout high school. I played basketball. I was the only girl on the ice hockey team. I graduated top of my class. I never slowed down because I didn’t have time to slow down. I figured I would be dead before I would ever see the day I turned 21. So I thought, "I better hurry up and get things accomplished."