A Matter of Heart: One Woman's Triumph Over Breast Cancer and a Heart Transplant
Nancy Shank Pedder's life can be divided into life before...and life after. Life before was a time of ordinary dreams--car pool, Little League, and family dinners. One morning, Nancy is frightened to find a lump in her breast. For Nancy, life after that moment will be a medical odyssey, events that happen to only one in a million people.
To rid her body of cancer, Nancy undergoes a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Believing she is out of danger, Nandy resumes her life. But her real-life drama is just beginning.
A few weeks after completing her final chemotheraopy, Nancy develops a cold that seems to linger. Believing that the chemotherapy had weakened her immune system, she thinks that the cold is a mild, temporary setback. When she nearly collapses, Nancy calls her physician who urges her to get to the hospital as quickly as possible. Once there, Nancy learns that her healthy heart is irreversibly damaged by the chemotherapy. The chances of such an occurrence are extremely rare. But now, without a heart transplant, Nancy's life would end--and soon.
A woman of uncommon innerstrength, and raised in a close-knit family, Nancy is determined to live. She summons all of the courage in her being. Her family and friends embrace and prepare Nancy for the greatest fight of her life. When the call comes that there is a "perfect" heart for her, she realizes the profound gift of life she is receiving. In death, someone has passed on the opportunity for another to live.