Dear Family and Friends,
Breathing is something most of us take for granted. I know I did!! But when your lungs do not provide the air you need you become severely fatigued. I have been slowly losing lung capacity since I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (also known as COPD), 13 years ago. Last winter it became much worse. Even with oxygen, it is difficult to do the smallest daily tasks like taking a shower, getting dressed, or walking from room to room. Even more distressing is my inability to play with my grandchildren or fish, two of the greatest joys in my life. After an extensive hospital stay and multiple tests including breathing tests, x-rays, and cat scans I was told I only have 12% TOTAL lung function and a lung transplant is crucial for survival.
January 7, 2014
Coming up on my 1 Year Mark!! Been a Great Journey so far! I Thank God, my Cleveland Clinic, & All of You!!
October 30, 2013
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February 20, 2013
Dennis, You are a MIRACLE!!! I have never seen anyone return to Pulmonary Rehabilitation after only one month post surgery from a Double Lung Transplant!!! It's Incredible, but then I think about YOU & your amazing will to live & I guess if anyone is to come back so quickly it would be YOU!! You are a Fighter & have an amazing motivation to keep going & keep exercising!! You are an inspiration to our patients in Rehab. & our Staff of Pulmonary Rehabilitation & WE are Honored to have the opportunity to work with you!!! Keep up the good work... See you on the Treadmill !!!!
Cathy Swisher RRT, RCP, Pulmonary Rehab.
January 14, 2013
I hope the worst is over.... praying for a speedy recovery for you. God Bless you.
Ruth Crates Kenton OH
January 1, 2013
Good Luck! Love You!