If anyone is looking for an example of courage under fire, they need look no further than Denise Troxell, the Sharpsburg councilwoman who underwent a double-lung transplant Thursday night. To agree to major surgery to improve one's life is one thing, but what impresses us is that while she was waiting for her transplant, she refused to live half a life.
Troxell is 42 now, but at age 30, doctors discovered a hole in her heart. The hole was repaired, but not before it had caused irreparable damage to her lungs. Even walking up a slight incline left her out of breath and forced her to retire from her post as a language arts teacher at Boonsboro Middle School.
Despite that, and the loss of her husband to a fatal illness, Troxell did not consider herself a victim. If she could not do all things, she reasoned, she could do some things that would make a difference.