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For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or another chronic lung disease, finding the best treatment options can be challenging. COPD causes fatigue, shortness of breath and persistent coughing, so many people find it nearly impossible to enjoy their favorite activities. While COPD is a progressive condition, meaning it will worsen over time, there are treatment options available. Traditional treatments include medications, inhalers, corticosteroids, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and more. These traditional treatment options work to manage COPD symptoms. However, stem cell therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs, potentially improving quality of life. Let our patient, Denise F., share her story about having stem cell therapy for COPD.
What challenges did Denise face before having stem cell therapy for COPD?
For many years, COPD and chronic asthma caused Denise’s quality of life to decline. Her conditions worsened so much that she needed a walker and oxygen. She felt like she had lost her freedom. Denise’s symptoms made her feel extremely out of breath, and she couldn’t participate in family activities. When her grandchildren visited her, she watched them ride her horses from the fence. While she took a tremendous amount of medications, she never felt better.
Denise told her doctor that she would have stem cell therapy for COPD at the Lung Institute, and he said that some people have seen improvements after treatment. However, because Denise’s COPD was so severe, her doctor also said he was concerned treatment may not work as well for her.
What has changed for Denise since her stem cell therapy for COPD?
After having stem cell therapy for COPD, Denise feels better and can do more. She’s able to clean her house, go for a walk, enjoy shopping, climb stairs, clean the barn, feed her horses and ride again. She no longer has to sit out during family activities, and she doesn’t need or use the walker or oxygen anymore. In fact, under the supervision of her doctor, she has been able to reduce her medications. Denise doesn’t have to sit out anymore, and she enjoys making memories with her grandchildren.
Denise and her husband even took a vacation, which is something they couldn’t do before stem cell therapy for COPD. Before treatment, Denise’s limited mobility made her mostly homebound.
Has Denise’s family noticed a difference in her health or happiness?
Denise’s family members and friends are thrilled to watch her progress. Her sister says that Denise sounds “so much better and so happy.” While she still needs to take a break every now and then, she is glad to be doing more without huffing and puffing. Denise and her husband continue to see improvements every day.
When she went to see her doctor again, he was surprised and happy to see Denise walking with more ease and feeling better. Denise says that her quality of life is back now, and she’s glad she had stem cell therapy for COPD.
Denise says, “You’ll be dancing like I was. It’ll put a little bit of giddy up in your step!”
Along with Denise, the Lung Institute has helped many people feel better and breathe easier through stem cell treatment. From mild to severe chronic lung disease, stem cell therapy may help promote healing from within the lungs. In fact, many of our patients report living a more full and active lifestyle after treatment. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.