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Al: Becoming a New Man

1 Jan 2015
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Becoming a New man | Lung Institute

Starting the New Year off Right

“New Year, New You!” Yes, we know very well that January 1st marks the start of a clean slate for everyone. The only problem is that we hear this expression everywhere! While it is a great sentiment, the truth is that people may start the New Year with a sense of freshness and new determination, but eventually will fall right back into their old routines. That is why we want to share the story of Albert this New Year’s Day and shed light on starting the New Year off right. As a man diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, he decided to stop managing his condition and start treating it.

Making Progress and Breathing Easier

The ability to breathe is a basic human function that is often taken for granted. Those who have trouble breathing due to lung disease often have difficulty completing even the most menial of tasks. Albert C, a 48-year-old originally from Ringwood, NJ, has suffered from interstitial lung disease (ILD) for nearly 13 years. Albert, a man who was accustomed to being very active, felt more than hindered by his condition.

For those that may not know, interstitial lung disease is a form of pulmonary fibrosis that causes continuous scarring to the lung tissue. It affects an individual’s quality of breathing as well as prevents them from obtaining the right amount of oxygen they need in their bloodstream. The scarring typically is irreversible, but can be slowed by some medications. Usually, the only plausible long term option for people with this condition is a lung transplant.

When Albert had trouble breathing in 2002, he learned that he only had 29 percent lung function. Albert had difficulty going about his daily activities and explained that “Everything just got harder, I still did what I could, but had to use a lot more oxygen.” Last year, he was down to 20 percent lung function and was placed on the lung transplant waiting list.

That was when Albert learned of a better option for his illness from his cousin Gary. Doing his homework, Gary learned about the treatments offered by the Lung Institute and passed along his research to Albert. This lead to a phone call with the stem cell clinic.

Although his regular physician tried to dissuade him from having stem cell therapy, Albert decided to come to the Lung Institute in Tampa, Florida, for treatment. At his last pulmonary function test, he had 28 percent lung function, 8 percent more than when he came in for treatment March 3, 2014. He has also reduced his oxygen use by more than 50 percent. “It’s a lot lighter on my back,” says Albert. Since treatment, Albert has felt less restricted in his daily activities and he can partake in active events as well. “I actually danced without oxygen at my niece’s wedding!”

Albert is starting his New Year off right by breathing easier and looking forward to treating his condition. If you are or someone you know is living with a chronic lung disease, isn’t it about time that they stop managing their condition and start treating it in 2015? Schedule a free consultation with the Lung Institute today. Stem cell treatments at the Lung Institute could help you breathe easier and live better. Contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.

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