Emotional real-life story of two sisters who both suffered from cystic fibrosis – and how one lived, while the other died – in BELLA magazine this week.
Sarah Bithell and younger sister Lisa shared everything together – including cystic fibrosis. This is an inherited condition that clogs the lungs with mucus making it hard to breathe. Sadly many sufferers spend their lives in and out of hospital and die before the age of 30.
And as the girls reached their mid-twenties, the cystic fibrosis began to take its toll on both of them. It was then Sarah made the life-changing decision to have a lung transplant. This in itself was very risky and Sarah spent a year recovering after her operation.
But while Sarah hoped Lisa would make the same decision, she decided she couldn’t go through with it. Sarah believes seeing her go through such a big operation put Lisa off. Despite asking her sister if she might reconsider, Lisa refused.
As Sarah got better, Lisa began to deteriorate. Sarah felt angry at her sister for not going through with it and as Lisa became too ill to cope with an op, she knew she would lose her sister for good.
Lisa was 30 when she died and naturally Sarah took it very hard. In the months after her death she felt grief and guilt that she was here while Lisa was not.
However, it was then she found Lisa’s diary and it was words about how Lisa believed in Sarah and her artwork that spurred Sarah on. Today she is about to do an MA in art therapy. She is aged 35, healthy and has a boyfriend.
Sarah says: “Not a day goes by when I don’t miss Lisa. But I am now living my life to the full for both of us.”
Following the Bella article this week, Sarah now has another deal gained by Featureworld and her incredible true-life story is now due to appear in a glossy upmarket monthly magazine.
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