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Treatment for COPD: Patients’ Stories

13 Jan 2017
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Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), finding the best treatment option can be challenging. When dealing with shortness of breath, persistent coughing, fatigue and other COPD symptoms on a daily basis, feeling like yourself can be difficult as well. Many of our patients come to us after hearing there isn’t much hope for them from their doctors or when their current COPD treatment plan isn’t working to its fullest. Cellular treatment for COPD works differently than traditional treatments by working to promote healing from within the lungs. With the potential to improve quality of life, many people with chronic lung diseases are adding cellular therapy for COPD into their current treatment plan. Here are some of our patients’ stories.

What challenges did our patients face that caused them to investigate cellular therapy for COPD?

Our patient, Herbert K., had very little quality of life. When he went to the grocery store, he could barely get from his car to a shopping cart. Every morning, Herbert’s walk from the bedroom to the kitchen was nearly impossible. He had to take breaks and lean on the counter to catch his breath. Even talking on the phone or holding a conversation made him feel out of breath.

Another patient, Greg B., couldn’t bend over to pick up sticks in his yard or walk very far without being completely out of breath. He had to use supplemental oxygen and felt tired of having tubing hanging out of his nose.

In patient Ronnie G.’s words, having COPD “was kind of like having a plastic bag over my head.” He was only able to walk 10 to 15 feet before he felt like he couldn’t breathe, and he would have to stop to catch his breath.

How do our patients feel now?

After receiving cellular therapy for COPD, Herbert is able to breathe better and is walking a mile every other day with his wife. While he still has to take a few breaks during his mile walk, he feels better and like he can breathe again. In fact, he’s only using his oxygen at night now. Herbert can go fishing, help with household chores and do handyman activities around the house.

Cellular Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

For Greg, feeling positive changes to his health started quickly after treatment. In fact, Greg is even able to mow his yard, bend over and pick up sticks, take walks and participate in exercise at pulmonary rehab. While he still uses his oxygen for certain tasks, he has been able to reduce his oxygen therapy use and keep his oxygen levels up.

Pleased with his cellular therapy for COPD, Ronnie says he no longer hurts all the time.  He’s able to go outside more often, get up and move around the house more easily, walk down the road to his daughter’s house, spend time in the barn and go to stock shows without hurting. Like the other patients, Ronnie has reduced his oxygen therapy use as well.

What are their family and friends saying?

Cellular Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

Herbert’s family and friends have noticed his improvements, too. Now, he’s able to participate in more activities with his grandkids, like playing games. His family and friends have noticed a difference when he talks on the phone, too.

Even Greg’s doctor noticed a difference. Stunned at Greg’s improvements, his doctor listened to Greg’s lungs and was surprised at how clear his lungs sounded after cellular therapy for COPD. His doctor couldn’t hear any wheezing, and they both look forward to seeing how Greg continues to improve.

Ronnie’s family and friends are happy to see Ronnie’s progress. One day, when Ronnie was at Sunday school, a man said, “You look brighter right now than you have been.” Ronnie smiled and said, “Yes sir!”

What are our patients’ cellular therapy for COPD reviews?

After living with the difficulty of gasping for air, Herbert decided to give cellular therapy for COPD a try. Herbert feels like he has been given a chance at life and a second chance to be with his family.

Before his treatment, Greg couldn’t do anything he wanted to do, and he felt like he always had to wait to catch his breath. Now, Greg is tickled about how much better he feels, saying “I feel like a million dollars.”

Ronnie’s cellular therapy for COPD review is simple. He says, “I would tell them to go! I’ve got a better outlook on life!”

While there isn’t a cure for COPD or other chronic lung diseases, there are a variety of treatment options, such as medications, oxygen therapy and cellular therapy. Watch more of our patients’ stories to learn more about how cellular therapy helped them regain their quality of life. If you or someone you love has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cellular therapy options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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Each patient is different. Results may vary.