Tamara Peters is no stranger to the hospital scene. Having been born with cystic fibrosis, she's spent her whole life weaving through them in one medical nightmare after another. She's lived through two double lung transplants, a coma, a period of no motor ability, a liver biopsy, lymphoma cancer, chemotherapy, cyclic neutropenia, and a kidney transplant. All by the age of 26. For Tamara, she's been pushing through it for her family, friends, and her two beautiful cats, Lola and Fifi.
Early in 2017, Tamara had received the news that she would be needing a second lung transplant, after having her lung functioning percentage decline dramatically. In April, Tamara turned to RSPCA Queensland for a furry friend to keep her spirits up, and it was then when Tamara believes Lola, a cuddly white calico cat, found her.
The two hit it off right away, and Lola needed Tamara as much as Tamara needed her. Lola had been an unwanted stray cat, found roaming the streets. But it was with Tamara that Lola got the love she deserved. "On a scale of one to ten in smoochiness, Lola is an 11." Tamara says. "She is the perfect companion and sleeps cuddling right next to me under the covers every night".
"I was dying very fast." Tamara says. "She kept my spirits up, until I got my call for my second transplant." The second transplant happened in August 2017, just a few months after Lola came into Tamara's life. “It was a tremendous surgery, very touch and go, and a long recovery, and the thing that kept me going was getting home to Lola”.
In October 2017, while still recovering in hospital, Tamara had the chance to FaceTime Lola. Lola could see and hear Tamara for the first time in ages. Lola had been missing Tamara so much that she rubbed up against the iPad as they called. The two were reunited later in the month with cuddles ensuing!
Yet the battle continued for Tamara. 2018 saw a myriad of issues and hospital trips including a liver biopsy. And, unfortunately, 2019 wasn't much better for Tamara, bringing the need for a sinus surgery and a kidney transplant! But Tamara's family and Lola's cuddling were there for her through it all. On Tamara's Facebook blog, Breathing In Grace, Tamara writes a post for Lola, telling her, "Thank you for coming into my world and being a light in my life that keeps me going. Love you Lola!"