How Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helped My Lung Condition and Extended My Life

Posted Dec 21, 2018

Lynn Markwell knows all too well how pulmonary rehabilitation — a multidisciplinary program combining exercise, nutrition, education, and support — can improve the quality of life for people with respiratory conditions.

In 2002, while working as the head of a pre-K through eighth grade music education program, Markwell started experiencing shortness of breath and a dry cough. The symptoms became bad enough that she began limiting her frequent 5-mile walks.

She was eventually diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), an interstitial lung disease that can permanently damage the lungs if not treated.

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