“The only way people will ever have a second chance at life is through organ donation.”
These were words shared only days ago by 25-year-old Nardya Miller from Ipswich in Queensland.
Now, she’s no longer with us.
The makeup artist, who struggled with cystic fibrosis for 23 years of her life, died yesterday.
But it wasn’t cystic fibrosis that killed her; it was the lung transplant she received a little more than two years ago. Miller suffered the rare condition of “chronic rejection”. Her body couldn’t accept her brand new set of lungs.
From all accounts, Miller was a remarkable fighter.
Remarkable in the way she lived with a condition that filled her respiratory system with mucus, that gave her sinus infections and bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia. The way she lived on through shortness of breath, regular stomach problems, weight loss and energy depletion.
Then, in 2014, "tired of living with lungs that didn't work", Miller lived through another hurdle: she made the decision to have a bilateral lung transplant.
Through all this, against all the odds, in moments where most of us would stamp our feet and lash out and wonder why things could possibly be so unfair, live she did.
She trained as a beauty therapist through Napoleon Pedris. She started her own business, Immaculate Makeup and Beauty.
Miller travelled to clients' houses, providing spray tans, make-up and false eyelashes. The brand's Facebook page is filled with love and testimonials for this self-proclaimed "lash slaya".
She was in the midst of opening her own beauty studio, purchasing a property in Ipswich to do it, and was planning to marry her fiance Liam Fitzgerald.