We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Temtchine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m a huge believer in taking risks. I feel as though when you make a move that you’re unsure about but you somehow feel in your gut is the right move, you’re heading in the right direction. Perspective has allowed me to take many risks in my life. I remind myself that, worst-case scenario, if things don’t work out, it’s not that serious. As long as everyone I love is happy and healthy, I don’t have much to lose by taking risks. When it comes to my career, I think that most moves I’ve made could be considered risky. As a singer/songwriter/entertainer, it feels as though I’m making up the rules as I go and that alone feels quite risky, but I love not knowing what’s going to happen. The idea of taking risks is exciting and that excitement appears to be keeping things flowing in the right direction.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer/songwriter/speaker/entertainer. I suffered congestive right-heart failure in 2013 and was rushed to the ER. I was told that I had a rare and fatal lung condition, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), that I had little time left to live, and that I would have to be on oxygen for the rest of my life. Six years later, and many more days than doctors thought possible, I lived with a newfound sense of meaning, purpose, and passion. I wrote music, performed, and my mission became to empower those affected with PAH and other chronic illnesses, via entertainment. In July of 2020, I suffered a heart attack (due to PAH and Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease), ended up in a coma for four days, and on life-support (ECMO) for 21 days. I was told that my only option left was to have a double-lung transplant. Miraculously, on August 5th, I was the recipient of a life-saving, double-lung transplant. Today, only seven months post-surgery, I’m back to living my life as a full-time performer (although my voice is still struggling due to a paralyzed left vocal cord) and I’m continuing my dual mission of using my story and music to bring hope to those in need and of also bringing awareness to PAH and to the importance of organ donation. In addition to writing music, performing, and spreading my message, I created Super Brave Kids, a series that consists of interviewing pediatric patients, who are living with a chronic illness, with the aim of providing hope and inspiration to these superhero kids and to those watching. It’s hard to even know where to begin with regard to lessons I’ve learned along the way. There are SO many! I used to think that life was all about accomplishing goals and that the “gift” was to arrive at some infamous destination someday. And although I’m a huge believer in accomplishing goals, I’ve learned that just being alive is the actual gift and that everything else is an added bonus. I’ve also learned how important it is for me to feel proud of who I am and of what I’ve done at the end of each day. I’m very aware of how fragile life is and, as a result, it’s almost as though I now live each day as if it were my last. It’s important to me to feel as though I’ve made some sort of positive difference in this world (whether it be big or small) every day just in case I were to go to sleep and not wake up, I also used to spend a lot of my time living in the past and in the future. I now find myself living very much in the present moment. Understanding that my life consists of a continuous sequence of “nows” has been an enormous gift. I feel as though I’m truly present and living my life for the first time ever.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m afraid my answer for this one may be a bit disappointing. I am the most uncool person. I’m much more a fan of being home, so we would probably hang out at the house, order food, take walks around the neighborhood with my doggy, and talk non-stop.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout Dr. Abbas Ardehali, the surgeon at UCLA who saved my life. After 12 years of living with severe Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Veno Occlusive disease, seven months ago, I suffered a heart attack, was in a coma for four days, and on life support (ECMO) for 21 days. On August 5th, 2020 I received a life-saving, double-lung transplant. The surgery was performed by the incredible Dr. Abbas Ardehali.