CLEVELAND– It’s something many of us take for granted: Blowing candles on a birthday cake.
But on Tim Cox’s 59th birthday last November, this simple gesture of love was a difficult, yet rewarding, accomplishment.
“I just count today as one of the many special blessings. Each day is a new day but they mean more to me now.”
Cox, a pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes progressive scarring of the lungs.There is no cure.
Cox’s condition was fast moving, not even added oxygen helping his struggle to breathe.
“I depended on it more and more. Soon I went to 24/7 that I needed it, at 2 liters a minute.”
Soon after, doctors determined Cox would need a lung transplant. He came to the Cleveland Clinic and was put on the waiting list for lungs. Then in May of last year, he got the call.
Dr. Usman Ahmad, a thoracic …