Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Oxygen Dependant COPD man to run marathon.

I ran across this article and thought is was interesting:


Its about a man who is oxygen dependent, diagnosed with COPD and is the first person with COPD allowed to run the Boston Marathon. This person is on some serious O2, when asked what is prescription is he responded:

"I have been on supplement oxygen for 4 years. My current prescription is 4-6 liters at rest and 7-18 liters when I’m active or exercise."

Now that's some serious O2 he is on for exercise, just think how many tanks he might go through in a 26 mile race.

This guy has already completed 2 full marathons, 14 half marathons, 1 ten mile, a 5 mile, 4 times did the 10k the Bolder Boulder, a bunch of 5k's and climbed 2 14,000 plus foot mountains. Quite amazing. He says that he went through 5 tanks a marathon and was lucky to have friends to help with the changing of tanks when needed.

This is pretty amazing for a COPD oxygen dependent person to do and it just shows their is life after a COPD diagnosis, you just have to take care of yourself and work to acheive some added health to help cope with the problem.

To add to his accomplishments on March 10 of this year he finished the Climb Chicago event for the American Lung Association. 4 buildings; 180 floors; 360 flights; and 2340 stairs, for a time of 1:06:13. Really amazing, that would hurt me.

Well hope that article was inspiring and hopefully this guy can inspire other COPD patients in the future.

Drive on RT's.


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This is profound!!! I am a former athlete, former smoker, current, COPD-er. When diagnosed I was devastated.

A couple of months later I was diagnosed with cancer on tongue. Subsequently, I had sugery and radiation therapy that ended last August.

Just celebrated first year post-surgery but my mind is/was in the wrong place and COPD is a large factor. The body follows where the mind is.

This story is the brightest beacon I have seen in some time. I pray I can learn from it. God bless him.

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