My grandfather died from COPD; he was a steel mill worker and smoked heavily. My father, who has Stage Four lung cancer, underwent immunotherapy as part of a trial, so when I heard what the Lung Health Institute did, I said I had to be part of it.
I started at the Lung Health Institute on July 6, 2015, and was part of the original staff that opened the Pittsburgh clinic.
To me, what we do is at the forefront of medicine. I believe that, in the future, we will treat a multitude of chronic illnesses with this type of cellular therapy.
The best part about working at the Lung Health Institute is my patients. They are the reason I continue to do what I do. If I can help just one person by being their nurse for even just two days, then I will make it the best two days possible.
Doing follow up calls, I get to hear how well some patients are doing and how their life has changed for the better. That makes it all worth it.
There are too many stories to count of patients who have touched my heart. I just had a patient who came for treatment so he could dance at his grandson’s wedding.
I love what I do at the Lung Health Institute. I feel like I am a part of the patient’s journey on their way to better health.
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