“Singers, wind-instrument musicians and athletes all rely heavily on lung capacity to perform their best. Good lung capacity allows singers and musicians to take in large amounts of air to expel for a complex line of music or song.” Imagine what it would be like if your lung function became compromised, and you just so happened to be an active and vibrant singer and performer.
Singer Eileen Joyce has overcome many obstacles in her musical journey and in life with total perseverance, strong determination and a “can’t keep me down” attitude. For many years, Eileen suffered with bronchitis and pneumonia, but in 2008 she became seriously ill after being exposed to black mold. This time she knew it was different to what she had become accustomed, living with bronchitis and pneumonia. Following exhaustive testing, it was determined and confirmed that Eileen had developed Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis an interstitial lung disease. So, she was placed in a research study which used an experimental drug designed to slow the disease, and which is now subsequently prescribed as OFEV.
Years later, after a sudden dramatic exacerbation, Eileen’s lung function dropped and thus in 2014, she was sent to Toronto with hopes of acquiring a list placing for a lung transplant. With oxygen tanks on hand, Eileen hit some of the jazz and blues stages of Toronto, and began acquainting herself with the Toronto music scene, with the help of her long-time friend Jackie Richardson, but early in 2016, Eileen became seriously ill following a performance at the legendary Hugh’s Room. She was accordingly hospitalized, and this time doctors determined that Eileen likely would not survive long without a new lung. Three days after being in hospital, doctors gave her the great news that they had found a lung, and that she would be going into surgery for her transplant.