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That Time Mark Got New Lungs

As many of you know, Mark has been healthy as a horse most of his life, but a few years ago he developed an annoyingly persistent cough. He began using an inhaler but it only helped so much. At the end of 2019 he learned that a bacterial infection had taken hold in his lungs. The doctor prescribed a 2-year battery of antibiotics, and at first they helped quite a bit. In fact, although the cough persisted he easily handled the miles of walking around sightseeing Austin in March 2020. Unfortunately, later that spring Mark noticed he was losing his breath a bit too easily. By summer it was significantly worse. It turns out that along with the infection he was suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.

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March 6, 2021

Today was the first day I was allowed to take a walk outside. Brian and I walked to the park along lakeshore drive for what ended up being a 2.4 mile walk with a photo break in between. It felt great to be outside, lots of people enjoying the lovely weather.

March 1, 2021

Hi everybody.
Well it’s been 3 weeks since the surgery and my recovery has been going smoothly. I can’t believe how easy it is to breathe and without coughing uncontrollably. I’m working on building up lung capacity, upper body flexibility and lower body strength and endurance. So far the docs have been pleased with my progress. I’m a little on the skinny side but they have me on a high calorie, high protein diet so I expect to start gaining back some of the weight I lost over the last couple years.
I feel extremely fortunate and grateful to have such an improvement in my health and am so thankful for your friendship and support. Thank you all.

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