Bob and his wife, Lori, were busy enjoying life when he began having problems breathing. The couple, who enjoyed traveling, browsing yard sales and taking walks together, had a life change during the first half of 2015 when these activities became increasingly difficult as Bob’s breathing condition worsened.
The Carlisle, PA, resident initially sought the treatment of a local pulmonologist. That July, a local doctor performed a lung resection and Bob was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).
As a follow-up, Bob said several medications were prescribed to help. “I had tried different inhalers and medications,” he recalls. “After the medication was unsuccessful, I was referred to the Temple Lung Center.”
His first appointment at Temple was in August 2015. “It was becoming a dire situation because my illness was progressing,” he says. From Lori’s vantage point, seeing Bob’s health decline was hard to watch. “It was heartbreaking and traumatic, to watch his health deteriorate rapidly” she recalls.
During this same time, Bob was dependent on portable oxygen to breathe and was listed for lung transplantation.
In October, Bob received the call that changed his life. He would be receiving the lung transplant that would allow for his new beginning.