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Don Perreault

Traveling the world, one or two place's at a time…

Me In a Minute or Two

A lifetime native of Plainville Massachusetts.

I was born in April of 1960 with a medical complication meconium ileus which required surgery at the age of 3 days old. meconium ileus is often a sign of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Since my elder sister of 11 months, Penny, had recently been diagnosed with the CF, I was also tested for CF and the results weren’t in my favor. In the 60’s the median life expectancy of a CF patient was early to mid 20’s. My elder sister Penny passed at the age of 16, due to lung complications from CF.

Here I am now, at the age of 57, surviving numerous hospitalizations due to the complications of living with CF for my entire life. I’ve been hospitalized for lung infections, intestinal surgeries due to Pancreatic insufficiencies, a double lung transplant, diabetes, dialysis and a kidney transplant. I have been on antibiotics and taken pancreatic enzymes for my entire life.

I am a big supporter of Organ Donation

I am a gadget geek, animal lover, helicopter pilot, pistolsmith, ex-marathoner, computer programmer, world traveler, Apple devotee since 1989.

I have been married for 30 years to my best friend Gail, whom seldom has missed a day visiting me when I am in the hospital. We have two intelligent German Rottweilers (they have tails) that make our home a joyous place to live.

Total introvert who thrives in solitude, requiring limited social interaction, providing that I have my loyal hound’s by my side.

Update February 2018: We have sold my home of 36 years and am moving to Bonita Springs Florida with my wife and dogs.

Update December 2018: After returning home froms Massachusetts General Hospital for my yearly transplant tests I received a call from my Lung Transplant Dr to tell me I needed to get back to MGH immediately. The Ultra Sound I had the week before showed that my heart had calcified (stuck) to my lungs. Seperation of the heart from the lung required a very difficult surgery with a success rate of 20%. MGH was at critical capacity and I couldn't get a room in one of MGH's near 100 operating rooms to perform my surgery. I was going to have to wait the five days until one was available. Since my wife and dogs were in Florida and the surgery was risky, I thought best to go home and spend some time with my family. Here I am updating this web site which shows that my luck held out once again, mostly due to a terrific Thoracic Surgeon by the name of Dr Mauricio Villavicencio-Theoduloz.

My favorite book is “A Confederacy of Dunces”, my favorite musician is Sade, favorite movie is “Pretty Woman”, favorite quote “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it” - Mark Twain and my favorite poem is “Gratitude” - author unknown.

When it's time to escape… get away from it all… and recharge… I try to travel.

“The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.”

Albert Einstein