Are you grateful for the gift of health?
Liver transplant recipient and endurance swimmer Jillian Best joins the show to talk about how a hereditary disease, and near death, continues to inspire her to greater heights today. She talks about the importance of organ donation and how she stays motivated to reach all of her goals.
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MORE ABOUT JILLIAN BEST
Jillian Best is a record-setting endurance open-water swimmer. She swam 52 kilometers (32.3 miles) across Lake Ontario in 18 hours and 36 minutes, becoming one of a handful of people to complete this. She did it to raise money and awareness about the importance of organ transplants through her Move for Life Foundation.
Jillian was diagnosed with a condition that attacked her liver at age 15 and at age 22, she started to have liver failure and was put on the organ transplant waiting list. At age 29, Jillian received her life saving transplant. After she recovered, she went back to swimming and hasn’t stopped since, winning gold medals and breaking records at the 2019 World Transplant Games.
Jillian’s life since then has been about bringing hope and encouragement to others and raising money for life saving equipment for organ transplants.
Episode Topics and Mentions
2019 World Transplant Games
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
Cognitive behavioral therapy
“Whatever it is that will make you really happy, or fulfill you, or fuel your passion - just go for it. It can lead you to better, happier times in your life.” -- JIllian Best
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