30 Days of PH: Staying Active

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Day 22 of 30 Days of PH⁣ ⁣Topic: Staying active ⁣ ⁣This is Jessica’s story @bones_phighter⁣ ⁣ My name is Jessica. I was born premature and spent the first two years of my life in the hospital. I was tiny, weighing one pound and 7 ounces. Because of my premature birth, I have a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension (PH). I wear oxygen 24/7 at a level of 7 to 8 liters depending on my activity. My lung capacity is at 17% lung function. Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and in the heart. Scarred lungs, like mine, make it very difficult to retain oxygen. ⁣ ⁣ My social life is very limited due to the fact that I have this health condition, pulmonary hypertension. My immune system is very weak and I get sick quickly. This is why I limit myself from exposures as much as possible. Most of the time when I get sick with a cold, I end up in the hospital. This can easily lead to bronchitis and pneumonia if not caught early. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣I met Kelly Frederick, at pulmonary rehab. She does in-home personal training. At one point, I was no longer able to get myself to the pulmonary rehab class. This was due to my illness, PH. That is when I called on Kelly Frederick, in-home personal trainer. She offered to come to my home for a 30 minute exercise session. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣Kelly put together a strategic exercise plan. She taught me the proper form, sets, and reps. She also taught me breathing exercises while resting in between sets. ⁣ ⁣ She also encouraged me to exercise on my own two times a week for 30 minutes. Kelly taught me about better eating habits. I agreed to follow through with my new exercise plan and goals to work toward a stronger me!⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #30DaysofPH #exercise

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