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Preparing to Live – Your Help is Needed to complete the journey.

I was diagnosed with severe COPD and Emphysema in 2018. I was able to continue working for awhile. With every year that passed my conditioned worsened to the point that I was forced to retire before I desired. My condition has diminished to the point that my Fev 1 is less than 400cc and Fev1/FVC is 35% which primarily means that it is difficult for me to breath on any given day. I’m at the point were the only option is a lung transplant.

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March 9, 2023

Just got news from the doctor that I will have the remaining larger chest tubes out today! Then I will have two smaller chest tubes remaining that will be bulbed. I’m getting better each day and walked 6 ft yesterday! I am getting up and walking to the bathroom since this morning and looking forward to all the progress I’ve made and have yet to make.

February 28, 2023

This morning I walked about 30 feet with PT and at this point I’ve had my neck lines removed and look forward to getting my feeding tube removed that’s been delivering my nutrients. As of yesterday I had my first meal with solid foods and working on building my strength and dexterity. I should be able to move into the step down unit pending availability of a bed. I’m talking and sitting up more and ready to keep this recovery moving smoothly. I am eternally grateful for everyone cheering me on and providing support!! It’s going to be a good day!

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March 11, 2023


Hillary Manley

March 1, 2023

On behalf of myself and my sister Antoinette, I'm wishing Debra a spendy recovery. Take care and may God Bless her and her family.

Anthony & Antoinette Watson

Anthony Watson

March 1, 2023

I hope you have a smooth recovery! I don’t have much to give but I know anything helps!! I also ordered a couple of goodies via Amazon, which should arrive within the next couple of days! God Bless!

Taisha Reyes