The official blog of the Lung Institute.
A featured series where Lung Institute employees tell their stories #WhatIsMyWhy
Designing for Patients
After I graduated college, I could have looked for other companies to work with, but two things attracted me to Lung Institute. One was I could be doing what I loved, graphic design, but also, while doing so, I could help improve the lives of patients with my design.
Interacting with patients is very reinforcing. It reminds me that what I do is not just making things look pretty. I started as an intern in 2013 and interned for two years before being brought on board full-time. I’m glad that, five years later, I can still do both things that I love.
In the process of recording testimonial videos, I’ve been touched by two patients’ stories in particular. I’ve come to learn firsthand the results of their treatment, and their answers to the questions during the testimonial video process were so genuine.
Patients Who Inspire Me
The first patient is named Nancy, and she’s from Washington state. She has always worn pedometers to track how many steps she takes a day, and the day after her treatment, she noticed she could walk up the stairs in her home, where before, she couldn’t — she would have to take a break halfway through. She didn’t even notice until she was up the stairs. She’s also now able to walk her dog and go to the park with her husband. Her husband is a physician and 100 percent supports and approves of what we do here. He’s a great advocate.
Then there’s David. He’s always loved sailing, but because of his disease, he had to stop. After his treatment with us, he invited us out sailing and we recorded his testimonial on board. He took us out on his boat and he did everything; all we did was point and shoot and record. You could not tell he was suffering from a lung disease. That’s how well he was moving and reacting to things.
I’ve learned a lot about the medical side of what we do here, like cellular therapy. I never expected to gain this type of knowledge. I never even knew what cellular Therapy was. As time has gone by, I’ve learned the benefits of cellular therapy. They’re the wave of the future. And eventually, everybody will see that they’re super beneficial to the body for many reasons.