Pulmonary Rehab Provides Motivation for Healthy Living

After suffering a pulmonary embolism in May 2013, I became completely dependent on my oxygen tank and had to use it 24/7. After seven weeks of Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes at CFVH, I am so pleased to say that I only have to use my oxygen when I nap and sleep through the night. This has changed my life.

I am an avid gardener and the thought of having my oxygen attached to me all the time was so depressing. I made up my mind I wasn’t going to live like that and now I feel so free without a tank and cords at my side all hours of the day. I am excited to catch up on all the things I’ve been missing; gardening of course and all the chores around the house that I haven’t been able to attend to in a while.

Initially, my goal was to regain my independence from my oxygen tank. I have made such great strides at that, now my goal is to kayak this summer, something I haven’t been able to do for three years.

Going through Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes has not only helped my health but I have built relationships with other classmates and felt a true camaraderie with them. We celebrate each others little victories and even though we have a wide spectrum of diagnosis, we’ve helped each other work through difficult days and are making a difference in each others lives. Often times, I don’t feel like coming but I do because I want to be with the group. They are such great motivators for me and I’m not sure I could have had the same success without this kind of rehab environment. Our teachers at CFVH are our biggest cheerleaders and they have led the way to a better life for me and my classmates.

- Jo Moore from Thompson Falls, MT