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Rachelle Needs Your Help

My wife, Rachelle Ledbetter, has been suffering from pulmonary problems since she was a child. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with severe Bronchiectasis. Her doctors have told us that her only option now is a life-saving lung transplant.

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April 9, 2022

I attended an exercise class (for the silver fox), this past week. My first exercise in years! Though I walk 10 miles a week, more was needed. Every time I’d turn to look to the side while driving, my neck was very unhappy. Or I’d sit on the ground amongst the spring wildflowers and I had no strength in my legs or knees to get up without a helping hand from my love, Steven. My spine would yell at me every morning upon getting out of bed.

I used Facebook to find a trainer, but options are minimal in our Three Rivers hood of 2500 residents. Ding! I remembered attempting the classes offered by the Senior League (I’m in total denial about the senior part), three times a week, pretransplant. Its aim? Strengthening, balance, movement.

I’m not a ‘get up early out of bed to take on the day’ kind of person. Chronic end stage lung disease has a way of establishing this pattern.

However, I’m almost one year post transplant. The mind said, Go!, so I went! And what a monumental change in one week! I have more energy, I’m more productive due to my earlier mornings, my knees are not yelling as much, the aches and pains of getting out of bed have decreased.

Yet another blessing as I continue to navigate this new life, with young lungs, breaking free of a self limiting mindset…..

On May 1, 2021, I found new life, when my young donor lost his in a tragic accident. Gratitude can’t begin to describe the overwhelming emotions I’ve been feeling every precious day since then.

Thank you all for your continued support and love. BELIEVE!

November 9, 2021

NOVEMBER 1, 2021- SIX MONTH LUNGAVERSARY! I’m still adjusting to life with lungs that are only 24-28 years young!

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August 27, 2021

Just read your August update Shelly and I just wanted to send a little love to you and your husband and family. You are such a fighter - and always with a smile on your face. I remember our days at AIS together! I have always loved your spirit!
Keep fighting!
All the best, Chrisy Masters Jones, Class of 1978 at AIS

Chrisy Masters Jones

June 8, 2021

Keeping Rachelle in my prayers.

Peggy Mayes

June 1, 2021

Rachelle, aka “ Shelly” to her Agnes Irwin School classmates and friends, “ You Got this !” ❣️
XoXo Mary

Mary Masters Opila