March 22, 2012 --
“If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life”–How a patient’s words inspired me . . .
by Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer
“If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life.” Those were the words spoken by one of our patients who came to visit us last week. She stopped in to thank us for helping her when she was in our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program a few years ago. She told us that she still walks everyday and uses her hand weights and resistance bands for strength training. Just before she left, she stopped and said: “If you’re not strong, you can’t do regular life.” I asked if I could quote her. She said yes—and so I am.
Her words led me to think. What is “regular life?” For her it became and remains the ability to walk, free of her oxygen tank, free of her medications. Free.
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