Pulmonary fibrosis is a cruel disease that causes the air sacs in the lungs to become scarred and stiff over time. This makes it harder and harder to breathe and get enough oxygen. Carol Brown of Plainfield understands that very well. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2010.
“I am doing better than the statistics,” she stated. “Upon diagnosis, most people are given three to five years to live. I am fortunate that my disease has not progressed rapidly.”
In 2013, Carol needed more oxygen than she could get from room air so she started using oxygen tanks. They are a constant companion for her. Any activity outside of her home takes planning and thought to make sure she has enough oxygen with her.
Pulmonary fibrosis isn’t curable, but for some people it can be slowed down. That is Carol’s goal.
Carol commented, “I started using Waverly Health Center’s supervised exercise program through pulmonary rehab. I go two times a week and spend an hour and a half each time. Going to WHC to exercise helps keep me going. If I tried to do it at home, I don’t think I would stick with it.”
“The staff members are great at answering my questions and they help me learn how to be an advocate for myself,” she continued. “I like being with them and it motivates me to come back each week. It’s not easy getting out of the house and at times their support is what gets me going. I like that the hospital is closer to my home and the workout area is always very clean. That’s very important when my immune system is compromised.”
Carol also credits her husband as a key part of her care team. “Gene is great! He always looks out for me and makes sure I have what I need. He makes sure my oxygen tanks are full and ready to go.”
If you would like to learn more about WHC’s supervised exercise program, call (319) 352-4985.
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