Treatment Age: 65
Location: La Pine, OR
Condition: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
“Do it. How much is your life worth?”
IPF made Allen R. feel dizzy and weak, even walking just 10 feet with a walker. Now, he can walk short distances without using his walker.
On September 28, 2015, Allen’s pulmonologist told him to go home and get his affairs in order, because he only had 30 days to live. At that time, his biopsy showed severe idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Allen’s IPF caused him to struggle with many common daily activities. For instance, walking just 10 feet would leave him feeling dizzy and ready to fall. He had to use a walker to get from his living room chair to the bathroom. Even on supplemental oxygen, he had no energy.
Allen began doing all the research he could on his condition and treatment options. At first, he was discouraged by the lack of information and support groups for IPF — the support groups he found were for people with COPD. Then, Allen found the Lung Health Institute website, and everything started to change for him.
After his treatment, he doesn’t need his walker to get around anymore, and he’s been able to walk short distances and exercise his legs. He still needs supplemental oxygen, but the amount he uses hasn’t increased. He’s been able to go on an Alaskan cruise with his friends without feeling like a burden. He’s also been able to travel to beaches along the Oregon coast and watch whales in the bay. He says he likes being able to go places, get out of the car and take in the sights. Before cellular therapy, he wouldn’t have been able to travel or sustain the energy for sightseeing.
Now, Allen says he feels so lucky to be alive after his doctor told him he only had 30 days left. Because of the results from his treatment, Allen has a short, sweet piece of advice for other chronic lung disease patients considering getting help from Lung Health Institute: “Do it. How much is your life worth?”