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Living Library 2018: Don Perreault

Don Perreault has had a lot of bad luck and a lot of good luck in his life. When he was 28, Don discovered he had chronic myeloid leukemia.

CBC Sudbury featuring survivors in Living Library event

Don Perreault survived a diagnosis of leukemia and a double lung transplant. He is one of the guests at CBC's Living Library on Saturday, Oct. 27. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

Don Perreault has had a lot of bad luck and a lot of good luck in his life.

When he was 28, Don discovered he had chronic myeloid leukemia. He received two bone marrow transplants from his brother, Roger, who was a very close match.

His body rejected the transplant and ended up attacking his lung tissue. Don lived with reduced lung capacity for several years, before moving to Toronto to receive a lung transplant.

He was told the wait could be up to three years, but within seven weeks, he got the call that it was time for surgery.

Nine years later, Don is in relatively good health. He is active again and looks forward to skiing with his niece Kali in the winter.

I think what comes of all of this is now I have, without saying, a better appreciation for my daily life, right? I mean, all we have is the present. The past is a memory and the future is just anticipation.- Don Perreault
Don Perreault went through a double lung transplant 9 years ago due to problems from a bone marrow transplant before that. He's just one of our guests at this year's Living Library event coming up on October 27th at the South End branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library. It will feature people who have survived life-changing experiences. This is Don Perreault telling the story of how he ended up needing a double lung transplant. 10:02

Meet Don at CBC Sudbury's Living Library. The event is being held in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Public Library. This year's theme is "Survivors."

The event is taking place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the South End Public Library at 1991 Regent St. between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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