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The discovery that I had “Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” or “IPF” came rather quickly in December of 2016. My “coming out” to the public was our New Year’s Eve cruise party on the General Jackson Riverboat with our cousins and some friends.

At first, I wanted a sign that read – “I never smoked a cigarette” – so people would know I did not abuse my lungs – but passed on laying out guilt trips to others. My doctor told me about the prognosis and we began the process of getting on one of the two drugs approved to at least slow the progression of an otherwise fatal disease. I immediately started planning for the inevitable. We began the process of selling our home to downsize.

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August 17, 2017

Rick is in CCU on a ventilator until his body learns how to use his new lungs completely. The doctors say that there are no red flags and it is just a simple matter of time before he can be taken off the ventilator so that he can breathe on his own. In the meantime, he is receiving excellent care from Johns Hopkins and has a regular visit from a dozen doctors and surgeons each day on rounds.

August 11, 2017


Rick went into surgery this morning at 11:30 am EST for a double lung transplant. We are praying that the surgery goes smoothly and that his body accepts his two new lungs without any complications.

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November 4, 2017

Rick, Kathleen and I are praying for your speedy recovery. Even though we can't be there with you, our hearts certainly are. God Bless

Chris & Kathleen King

August 11, 2017

You are in my thoughts and prayers Rick- I see you were taken to surgery today, I am looking forward to your recovery! God bless!

Lisa Johnson

August 2, 2017

Rick and Brenda, Steve, Tyler and I are thinking of you often and praying that you are able to have a quick recovery and get back home to Franklin asap! We love you guys and please know we are here for you if you need anything at all! Please let us know because we would love to help out any way we can. I know God is with you and he will get you through this. Love and hugs to you both,

Janice and Steve Hulen

July 31, 2017

Now that you have had a "dress rehearsal" we are praying for your premier debut performance, under the direction of our amazing God. He has directed your life to this point and has his eyes on you for the lead role. We are in the front row, cheering you on with our prayers!!

Susie and Alex Bonner