A SALISBURY-BORN author has shared his story of having a double lung transplant.

Not Time to Put Out the Lights takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions in Stephen Henstridge’s autobiographical tale of his bilateral double lung transplant.

The book covers the uncertainty of a critical illness and mixed diagnosis, his own mortality, time in the critical care unit, his transplant and recovery, and finally discovering more about his donor, to everything in between.

Stephen said: “Writing this book has been a labour of love mixed with a roller coaster of emotions. During my leisure hours I have always trained in a gym and kept myself fit for 30 years since finishing playing football.

“I have been married for 40 years to my wonderful wife, Jackie, who along with my daughter Sonya, and my son, Stuart, have been my absolute rocks through this whole process. “Above all, I thank my family and the Royal Papworth Hospital for their unstinting support.”

Stephen added: “Being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition and the result of needing a double lung transplant in such a short amount of time has been a complete game changer for me and my family.

“By writing about my experiences I am hoping that I can bring some hope and joy to people and their families who are going through the same experience.

“If I can do that I will be happy.”

The book is available at riversidepublishingsolutions.com/product/not-time-to-put-out-the-lights.

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