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A Different Perspective on Healthcare

From the Front Lines 

A BreatheAmerica Staffer – BreatheAmerica Shreveport 

A Different Perspective on Healthcare 

BreatheAmerica has given me a different perspective on healthcare. I have been able to build relationships with my patients, rather than patients just being numbers. I had a beautiful lady come in that was referred to us from another pulmonologist in the region. She was absolutely defeated from pulmonary fibrosis and other health issues. We were at the end of her pulmonary function test when she looked at me and then her husband, and said that she just wanted to die. I looked at her and said, “God isn’t done with you yet. There is a reason that you are still here. There is light at the end of the tunnel and though sometimes we can’t see that light, it will eventually appear.” She looked at me and smiled. I told her that I had no idea of what she was personally going through at that moment, but that I did know the feeling of being defeated. For some, death sounds like a better alternative to the pain of what they are going through today. I hugged her neck. I would have never experienced an opportunity like this to provide comfort to a hurting patient outside of the caring environment that BreatheAmerica offers. For that I am thankful.