Kyla's Story

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT. Like you, I value the great work they do to help the 1 in 5 people who suffer from lung disease. I never thought I would be one of them. 

I’m only 33 years old and until recently, the picture of health. When COVID-19 broke out, I thought I was in the low risk group. I was wrong.

It started with a sore throat. Then a mild cough and fever. I was diagnosed via telemedicine as a presumptive COVID-19 case, and I got very ill.
It was awful – and still is. I felt like my lungs were encased in sandbags and every breath was a fight. I couldn’t sleep lying down. I’d stop breathing in the night and wake up gasping! The smallest effort left me fatigued. I lost my sense of smell.

Now I know what they mean when they say, If you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

And I know that the number of people with lung disease in need of support is exploding. That’s why I’m asking you to give a generous holiday gift to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT. 

If you can donate $15, $50 or even $100 now, it will make an important difference in the fight against the growing threat of lung disease.

Gifts from donors like you help make life-saving research possible. I was shocked to discover that lung disease research is significantly underfunded in Canada. The Lung Association relies on donors to fund vital research that is even more critical now. There is still so much 
we don’t know about this dreaded virus, or what the long-term effects will be.

Since I “recovered” I’ve been to emergency twice. I continue to have shortness of breath, fevers, muscle aches and coughs. Yet tests show that I am perfectly healthy.

I thought I’d get over this virus and be able to enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Wrong again. Coronavirus has left me with health issues I may never recover from. As yet, there is no medical explanation.

And it’s not just COVID-19. Asthma is the most common chronic disease affecting children and results in needless deaths. COPD is the number one reason people are hospitalized in Canada. Lung cancer affects more Canadians than colorectal cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Your support of the 2020 Annual Christmas Seals Campaign will help fund new avenues of research that hold exciting promise for better diagnostics, therapies and ultimately, cures. Your gifts mean expanded programs and services so that everyone with lung disease can get the support they need.

As my own experience shows, no one is immune to Covid-19, and it can have dramatic long-term effects. Please give today so that more people across our province can breathe easier over the holidays and in the years to come.

Sincere thanks and best wishes for healthy, happy holidays.


Page Last Updated: 15/10/2020