Lung Transplant: Miller's Story
Miller has a passion for musical theater. He loves to sing and perform in musicals such as Grease and Sweeney Todd. But in the past few years his passion became a burden as his cystic fibrosis began to quickly take its toll.
"I had to push through songs – often losing my voice, or stopping to cough," said Miller.
Then, last October at age 18, Miller's physician in
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease. Children are born with the disease even though they may not show signs of the disease until they are older. People with cystic fibrosis produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus. The organs most affected by this defect are the lungs, pancreas, sweat glands and those within the reproductive system.
When his mother heard him sing for the first time post-transplant, at a benefit for epilepsy awareness, she was overwhelmed.
"It was amazing to hear him sing without having to cough or stop, and it was so good to see him back on stage," she said.
Thanks to a new lease on life, Miller is ready to begin college, and recently moved from his home in