Second Chance At Life: Heart Transplant Recipient Supports Go Red For Women

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM EDT

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February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM EDT

34-year old Aisha O'Mally often wonders why she was lucky enough nine years ago to get a heart transplant and a new outlook on life.

She says,"I really appreciate the small things."

Aisha's health troubles began in her early twenties when she was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid, but it would take three years before she received the proper treatment, and it took a toll on her heart.

Less than a year later, she was hospitalized, waiting for a transplant, riding an emotional rollercoaster.

Finally after four months in the hospital, a heart. It came from a 21-year old woman from Massachusetts.

Now, Aisha is working toward her Ph.D in Health Communications at UB. She's also part of the Go Red for Women campaign, teaching others to take better care of their heart and hoping one day to provide support for transplant patients.

Aisha says," That's kind of what life is about. Helping each other."