All taken in her stride

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

JUST three months ago, a 4km cir­cuit at Perry Lakes Re­serve would have been im­pos­si­ble for Carly Allen to com­plete.

En­dur­ing the com­pli­ca­tions of cys­tic fi­bro­sis, Ms Allen was on oxy­gen 24 hours a day.

Walk­ing just short dis­tances re­quired sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort.

But a dou­ble lung trans­plant in July changed the 32-year-old’s life.

This month she'll walk 4km in the Great Strides for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis fundraiser at Perry Lakes.

Ms Allen de­scribed the dif­fer­ence in her life be­fore and af­ter the op­er­a­tion.

“I wasn't re­ally able to work very much, when I was around the house I was at­tached to a per­ma­nent oxy­gen cord - even go­ing to the let­ter box was an is­sue,” she said.

“Now I can move around freely… I have been walk­ing 4km just about ev­ery morn­ing.

“I don't get breath­less, I don't get tired and I'm able to re­turn to full-time work.”

The Ridge­wood res­i­dent, who works in ad­min­is­tra­tion, wanted to com­plete the aware­ness walk in trib­ute to the ef­forts of the team at Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA.

“They’ve been a tremen­dous sup­port to me and now that I'm ca­pa­ble of do­ing the walk I wanted to help raise some funds,” she said.

Cys­tic fi­bro­sis is an in­cur­able dis­or­der that causes the re­cur­ring build up of mu­cus in the lungs, air­ways and di­ges­tive sys­tem from birth.

A lung trans­plant greatly im­proves qual­ity of life be­cause the new lungs will not de­velop the con­di­tion.

But it still af­fects other parts of the body, which must be closely mon­i­tored.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealy d444821

Carly Allen and Tina An­der­son will take part in the walk.

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