At 18 months old Blackburn born Dane Pollard was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Dane, now 33, spent a lot of his childhood in Booth Hall Children's Hospital, receiving treatment that allowed him to remain as healthy as possible.
Despite the constant battle with infections, rigorous physiotherapy and treatments Dane managed to live a fairly active life up until 2006. Aged only 26 life took a very drastic turn for Dane.
Dane says 'it came as a real shock when my consultant informed me that I would need to go on the lung transplant list. I knew my condition was getting worse and the treatments no longer working as they once had, but, I really hadn't realised how bad it was. I guess you just adapt daily to your limitations.'
Over the next two years Dane's health deteriorated rapidly, he struggled to retain any weight a symptom of the CF affecting his digestive system and found himself with a gastro tube, and bypap machine. Dane says 'As my CF deteriorated my life became more insular, I was mostly housebound and any trip I made had to be accompanied by oxygen packs, which only lasted an hour due to how much I depended on them. At home I had an o2 generator which was wired up to every room.'
Two years after going on the transplant list and after spending months housebound Dane had received the call he had been waiting for. A match had been found.
The surgery took place on the 15th August 2008 and after 7 weeks of recovery in hospital Dane began to find his way into the world again. Eventually Dane met his now fiancÃ© Emma who he will marry in March 2014 and today Dane and Emma are embracing life. 'Five years post transplant is such a milestone I really never thought I would see this day."
In the last 12 months Dane's band 'Modern Sound Library' have recorded and released their first EP which is currently for sale on iTunes. Dane is also in the process of setting up his own business (www.20flightrecordings.co.uk) with the support of his disabled employment advisor. Dane says. 'I want to offer affordable song writing and recording services to Manchester Bands & musicians.
All of these things would not have been possible 5 years ago for Dane and today he looks forward to his future. 'I will always have CF' says Dane 'It isn't something that can be cured yet but it will not stop me living life to the full. I got a second chance five years ago and I am grateful every day for that, I owe it to my donor and their family to live life to the full!
You can follow Modern Sound Library on facebook at Modern Sound Library, Twitter @msltheband and instragam feed msltheband or download their latest EP from iTunes. Modern Sound Library are soon to host a celebration gig in central Manchester to mark the occasion, so look out for dates. The evening will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust a charity that the band already support.
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WHAT IS CYSTIC FIBROSIS?
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening inherited disease, affecting almost 10,000 people in the UK.
You can’t catch or develop cystic fibrosis, it’s something you're born with and most cases in the UK are now diagnosed soon after birth. One in 25 people carry the faulty CF gene. For someone to be born with CF, both parents must carry the faulty gene. If both parents have the gene, there is a 25% chance the child will have CF. If both parents carry the gene there is also a 50% chance of the child being a gene carrier and a 25% chance they will not have the faulty CF gene.
Symptoms of CF can include a troublesome cough, repeated chest infections, prolonged diarrhoea and poor weight gain.
For more information about Cystic Fibrosis you can go to www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk
For more information about Dane Pollard and his music, you can follow him on twitter