Chronic Illness

Dr. Marianne Matzo previously had the pleasure of interviewing Stevan Lemke who talked with us about being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In this second interview, he takes us through the process of being evaluated for a lung transplant, the wait, the surgery, and the postoperative experience. Before being approved for placement on the transplant list Steven underwent 9 days of testing. When the lungs were finally approved for his surgery, that surgery took 14 […]

  This week, I had the pleasure to interview Deborah Wright, APRN, CNS who works in the Phase I Program and Clinical Trials Office at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. We talked about clinical trials, what they are and how they may benefit people who participate in them.  The road to having a drug to treat cancer or the development of a vaccine is complicated and long.  Drug companies and clinicians want to […]

Imagine if you will, finding yourself increasingly short of breath. Sure, maybe you smoked in the past, maybe you never did. Maybe you could lose a few pounds, maybe not. But for whatever reason, you can’t seem to get a good breath. You cough, sometimes you can’t stop. Your doctor gives you steroids, cough syrup, nothing works. One day, you decide to see a specialist and are diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Whatever that is, […]


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