DeArdo, Emily M.
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Emily M. DeArdo is the author of Living Memento Mori: My Journey Through the Stations of the Cross. A native of central Ohio, she is a graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where she studied Political Science and English Literature. She writes at



The Gift of Transplants

My death will most likely come from a side effect of one of the medications I'm on to keep my body from rejecting my transplanted lungs. This makes some recipients resentful or angry, as seen in a recent New York Times op-ed by Amy Silverstein. She and I received the gift of a healthier and longer life when we received our transplants. The medications that she's decrying are the ones that have kept her - and me - alive. These years are an inexpressible gift.

Date posted: 2023-06-08