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Living with Lung Disease

28 Mar 2016
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Living with Lung Disease

Living with lung disease can feel as though a person’s identity is swept away in a flood of symptoms, disease information, statistics and endless doctor’s appointments. However, remembering the person is essential to the treatment of chronic conditions. People who live with chronic conditions experience the symptoms and daily challenges, but people are people first. People have hobbies, jobs, other interests, and family and friends. People want to go to the movies, to a concert, to dinner or to parties and enjoy their lives regardless of the condition they have to live with. People are not statistics, disease or symptoms, so it’s important to keep that in mind as you continue to be the person you are.

If you live with a chronic lung disease, you know how difficult breathing can be, so trying to live your life the way you want to live it can be challenging and feel nearly impossible. Lung disease can affect anyone regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. While some people may have a higher predisposition for lung disease, the fact that lung disease can affect anyone remains the same.

Like the patients below, you can start to promote the healing of your lungs, regain your quality of life and live your life the way you want to live it through stem cell therapy. Like you, here are some patients living with lung disease:

Marvin S.

 Living with Lung Disease

Patient, Marvin S., didn’t let having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stand in the way of his hopes for the future. Even though his doctors tried different medications, Marvin never felt better. After treatment at the Lung Institute, Marvin noticed continual improvement to his health. Now, he’s able to spend more time with his family, play with his baby and enjoy the great outdoors.

Susan B.

 Living with Lung Disease

Susan B. has always been an active person and was an acrobat and competitive swimmer. However, she found that her lung disease gave her terrible coughing attacks and made enjoying her favorite activities difficult. Previously an avid traveler, Susan worried about traveling alone or being too far away from home. However, after treatment, she’s feeling better, exercising and noticing more energy. Now, she feels like a fearless adventurer again with hope for the future.

Becky D.

 Living with Lung Disease

Feeling frustrated with her lack of improvement and with the medications she was prescribed to treat her COPD, Becky D found living her life challenging. She counted her steps and looked for ramps. If she thought that going somewhere would be difficult, she wouldn’t go. After her treatment at the Lung Institute, Becky says she can do anything, and she keeps reaching her goals, such as walking across the soccer field to watch her grandchildren play soccer. Becky loves dancing, and now, she looks forward to dancing at her son’s wedding. For Becky, treatment has “made a world of difference.”

Living Your Life with Lung Disease

It can feel difficult to stay positive and cope with living with lung disease, but like Marvin, Susan and Becky, you could see improvements to your quality of life, too. COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or another lung disease cannot take away your identity. You are and will always be you. We could be able to help you live the life you want to live. If you or someone you love has a chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute, contact us today by calling (800) 729-3065.


  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear that your condition is worsening. We would first suggest you talk with your primary doctor or specialist to see what they recommend for any treatments. While there are currently no known cures for lung diseases, our stem cell treatments may help slow the progression of the disease. Most treatments suggested by doctors only manage the symptoms, but do not slow the disease.

    84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life within three months of treatment.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. tina

    3 months ago

    Hi, i’ve been dealing with bronchiectasis since 2006. this year is the worst for me….bronchitis, phneumonia you etc.
    is there any cure for it?

  3. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Belinda,

    We’re sorry to hear about your father’s struggle with COPD, and we extend our deepest sympathies. To learn more about the best places to live for people with lung disease, there are a couple of places to check out. First, it’s important to consider the air quality of various places, so reading the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report is a good place to start. Second, you can check out our article about the best and worst places to live with COPD, too. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about stem cell therapy or treatment options, so feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149. We hope you find these resources helpful, and we hope to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Belinda Wittman

    2 years ago

    i just lost my dad to copd i myself have innersticisl lung disease and im wondering where in the world is the best place to live if you have this disease and im from canada

  5. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Roxanna,

    First and foremost, we want to extend our deepest sympathies with you regarding the passing of your father from COPD. While developing COPD is largely caused from smoking, there is a rare deficiency called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency which can cause COPD in people who have never smoked. In order to best answer your question regarding heredity, it’s best to speak with your physician and ask him or her your questions. Because your physician knows you and your health the best, he or she will be able to guide you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Roxanna K Lee

    2 years ago

    My dad passed in 2009 from COPD. He had not had a cigerrette in roughly 28 yrs. is COPD hereitary

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for your comment and question, and we’re glad that you were given hope by the testimonials featured in this article. Even though, at this time, insurance doesn’t cover treatment, we’re hopeful that it will be covered one day. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, speaking one-on-one with a patient coordinator is the best way to answer your question. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, cost and treatment basics, and they are happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Michael Russo

    2 years ago

    I’m given hope by these testimonies,but I’m a disabled Vet with no additional insurance so how does this treatment(s) help me?

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