Life Is What You Make It: A Decade Later, A Transplant Survivor Makes It Sweet | Local


Doctors did more tests and found lesions on his brain. More difficult chemo followed, then radiation therapy, a harrowing experience. There were times when optimism was hard to muster.

“That first year was tough,” Kathryn said. “There were days. … But I saw no other way.

Kathryn Slattery fills a bowl of soup while working at her family’s restaurant, the Art and Soul Mini Cafe in 2013. She battled cancer after undergoing heart and liver transplants the year before.

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So she kept on going, doing what she had to do. She took a break from college when managing classes and salaries became too difficult.

One of the scariest moments: a grand mal seizure that began as she was driving home from SouthPointe Pavilions.

On her way to Goodcents to get her sister a sandwich, she drove down a median, completely removing her car’s tire. She went on and ordered the sandwich – even though it was all wrong. When she got home, her sister saw that she was acting weird. After an ambulance took her to the hospital, Kathryn collapsed.

When it was over, she couldn’t walk, couldn’t pick up anything, her left arm almost useless. Months of physical and occupational therapy followed, and she regained what she had lost, although her left arm was still weak.

Her father looks back and marvels that his daughter didn’t destroy the car – that she managed to get home unscathed before collapsing.


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