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Our Pulmonary: Jerry

Published on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Jerry smoked for 40 years. He started in the military. When he became ill with lymphoma, he knew his years of lighting up were over. He quit "cold turkey." He went through surgery and radiation treatment. He lost 38 pounds and his tastebuds as well. Then pneumonia came calling, and it took forever to throw that infection off. He knew he needed to get himself built back up, and he’s been coming to Pulmonary Rehab for more than a year. He says: "I’m going to keep coming until I can’t walk." The people are great. We have little competitions, and we like to tease one another. We’re like family. Of course, the more you come and work out, the stronger your lungs are going to be."
Eleanor has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: "I loved every cigarette I had; but one day I couldn’t breathe, and I ended up in the hospital. I’d done a lot of damage to my lungs. Coming to Pulmonary Rehab has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself. You can just feel that everyone here, therapists and patients alike, really care about you. We’re all in the same boat. I’m never going to run a marathon, but the workout I get here helps me just deal with life. I’ve learned how to cope with the fact that my lungs can’t draw in as much air anymore. This program is what keeps most of us going."