COME ON, it's MEL !
Okay…Take a DEEP BREATH. Lucky us. We just did.
But our friend has lost this “take it for granted” life requirement. He’s got a perfect mind and body… but now diseased lungs. He's having trouble walking and even showering without total exhaustion and breathlessness. But lucky for him, he lives in a time when medical science has come up with a solution.
However, It's not practiced in the USA because it lacks our FDA approval … But they can do it in France …Yeah, that’s right, the Frenchies.
Do your research. Sadly he might not be the only friend that experiences this COPD story (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis). But happily he could be one of those “success” case studies for this new minimally invasive procedure called "Lung Volume Reduction Coil Treatment", which might lead the U.S. to allow it for countless others in the future, FDA willing…
One hurdle. He’s got to get to France. Got to stay almost two months. Two lungs. Two surgeries. One at a time. Weeks apart. Worse, the Doctor who will perform them is in Nice, on the French Riviera. Sounds fun for a vacation. But really expensive for recovery.
Several friends have shown up and will cover the cost of the hospital and both the surgeries.
Now we're counting on smaller contributions from so many other friends to be able to cover travel and housing for him and his partner Nani. We’re getting the word out through this GoFundMe campaign to make it easy to contribute…
...and better yet for you to share with others that know, and have been touched by Mel… post to your Facebook with the SHARE button or send this link by email.. gofundme.com/BreatheMel
Okay, take another breath and be thankful you can …
Thanks for any consideration.
FoML (Friends of Mel Lawrence)
Need to reach Mel?
emellawrence at gmail.com
All goes as planned, we're on Air Tahiti Nui, Paris LAX direct. Tuesday 4th. Right about now. Our own bed again! The whole experience, I look forward to sharing with you for a long time coming.
Not every theory is so simple, it took me years to really get it. It's not explained by regular doctors nor even by lung specialists. But thanks to Dr Charles Hugo Marquette of hôpital Pasteur in Nice, France I finally understood.
Imagine there's a volume of air the size of a soccer ball that's always inflated...might be a little hard to get any new air in... Oh Yeah, really hard... Try as you might, you can't catch your breath but you keep trying. There's no room for more air and the air pockets (alveoli) are diseased with emphysema and have no elasticity. That results in constant suffering all the time trying to do anything.
That was the situation before I heard of Lung Volume Reduction Coil Treatment. I can't get into what the coil does other than they work to reduce the volume of bad air in your lungs.
So on Tuesday 7/15 at noon I was wheeled into an operating room, put into a weird neck position on the table and hooked up to an IV with a powerful anesthesia . The next thing I knew I was looking into a nurse's pretty eyes... and she was talking French. It was only 1:10pm.
There was coughing, a powerful thirst, but before long I was back in my room with Nani.
I actually felt my diaphragm work (COPD keeps it flat). I walked around the room, I washed up, took a wiz, got in and out of bed... And I DIDN'T suffer. It was all so natural; just what I was hoping to experience again. Just ordinary living.
IT'S THAT EXPERIENCE AND THE WAY I FEEL TODAY THAT I THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR FAITH, FRIENDSHIP, GENEROSITY AND WONDERFUL SUPPORT!
Much love to you all,
My doc, Dr Marquette is the most professional, kindest and efficient doctor I have ever known. I would love to make him FAMOUS to the 15 million COPD sufferers in the USA. He's done 60 successful coil surgeries already and now I'm added to the list.
I saw my lung x-ray looking so improved I am going to have it framed and on my wall when I get home. For now I am out of the hospital, back on my terrace having a gin. Life is beautiful. Looks like we will head back to states on August 4th. We may even drive up thru Paris on the way out. Things looking up. More details later. Back to my aperitif. MEL