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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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February 21, 2021

Hi everybody, I wanted to give a little update on how things are going. But first I wanted to thank you all for for your kind support. This has been very moving and meaningful to me and I can’t thank you enough. I’ve had to have a box of kleenex nearby to make it through your messages.
I was discharged from the hospital on Friday afternoon and have settling in nicely at Brian’s apartment. He has been taking care of my mess, getting me to appointments, keeping me company and even helping me get in and out of bed. I’m like a turtle on his back right now. Jamie and Jodi are ready to dive in when Brian needs a break and she has been busy running me up and down from Wisconsin as well as making trips for medical supplies. She also adopted my cat, which was a load off my mind. Jamie has been to see me several times at the hospital. I’m feeling great right now and am able to get around with no difficulty, even getting to help out with the kitchen work. It sure feels good to be mobile again. I’m working on my recovery right now, breathing exercises and some light exercises to regain some strength and flexibility as well as walking as much as possible. I saw a physical therapist Saturday and he told me what to work on. He said I was doing really well and stick with the program. All in all I feel very optimistic and grateful for this new lease on life. Thank you again for your support, prayers and encouragement. Keep in touch and I’ll try to keep you updated.

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February 18, 2021

I know this is only a drop in the bucket, but I sure hope it helps.

Dodi Short

February 16, 2021

Nicole and Olive (Sarah’s step kiddo and grand kiddo) are rooting for you and wishing you a speedy recovery, Mark! ❤️

Nicole Mace

February 16, 2021

Mark You do not know us personally. We are David's sister and brother-in-law in Pennsylvania. Sarah has shared your courageous story with us, and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Mark & Lorraine (DePaul) Serencsits


February 15, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Susana, Jamie, Chris and Gabriel

Susana Cloutier