AFTER 10 months on a waiting list for two new lungs, author Johanne Galliher had all but given up hope that she would reach her next birthday.
A viral lung infection about four years ago left her with only 25 per cent of her lungs functioning.
“I was pretty much an invalid — I needed a lot of help, people to clean and help me groom myself,” Miss Galliher said.
Her doctor had told her she was on her “way out” when she got the news she would be receiving two new lungs.
“I just spent five months in Melbourne getting the beautiful gift,” she said.
“It made me come back to Tassie and really appreciate being in Tasmania after five months in Melbourne.”
Miss Galliher is now back on her feet, has just turned 66 and wants to give back to the community.
She contacted children’s cancer charity Red Kite and arranged to fundraise for them.
“I decided to create short story magazines and put together the novellas into little booklets.
“It’s not for profit so people can have hard copies or e-copies of my writing for a $5-$10 donation to Red Kite.”
Miss Galliher will be selling her stories at local markets, starting at the Highlands Bushfest in Bothwell on November 18 and 19.
The former speech pathologist moved to Australia from the US 30 years ago.
“I cannot get over the beautiful health system here,” she said. “I feel like I’ve gotten a second chance at life.”