One woman not walking at her graduation and instead waiting at CRMC for a lung transplant

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Blaire Strohn is what many call a fighter. That’s because she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis as a child but did not let her diagnosis consume her aspirations. 

Strohn was suppose to graduate from Oklahoma State University this Friday. But, due to her condition getting worse she could not make it. 

 Dr. David Lee is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF in Fresno. He said he has treated Strohn for years and has seen her diagnosis progress.

“Over time and years this causes the destruction of the lung,” said Lee. “In many patients, like Blaire, they will eventually need a transplant.”

Lee said having Cystic Fibrosis is like breathing through a straw. He said doing everyday activities can be strenuous. 

But, despite it all Strohn beat her odds and got her Master’s in International Agriculture. 

“Plus she had to spend hours and hours a day doing her treatment,” said Lee. “So, all of that plus your responsibilities of your school and doing well in school. That’s a lot to ask for.”

Even though Strohn can not walk with her peers she said people are congratulating her. 

“They are really supported of me and proud.” said Strohn.

Lee is happy to say that his patient Strohn has been moved up on the transplant list. This means she can get the call saying they found a donor any minute. 

CRMC is the only hospital in the valley that treats children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis. 

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