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Center's Opening Provides Hope To Those Suffering From COPD

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 3, 2013 12:08 AM EDT
Updated: Nov. 3, 2013 11:32 PM EST

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Hope For COPD
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Cabin Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The opening of a new chronic obstructive pulmonary disease rehabilitation center comes as exciting news for thousands of people in southern West Virginia.

Eyewitness News spoke with one person who struggles to breathe every day because of COPD.

Every breath is a struggle for Frank Goule.

"I can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t do anything," he said.

Goule, like thousands of others in southern West Virginia, suffers from black lung disease.

He worked in the coal mines for 21 years

For him, everyday tasks are limited, an inactive lifestyle that is far from what he's used to.

"Its really disheartening,” he said. “It really makes me want to lose faith in the Lord, and I cant have that."

For Mary Goule, seeing her husband be forced to slow down is just as much a test of faith.

She's now the primary care provider in their house.

“He can’t do anything, and I am doing it all," she said.

The couple came to the opening Saturday to celebrate the hope that they found in the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehabilitation Project.

Lawmakers, celebrities, union leaders and leaders in health care have been working together to target a region with one of the highest black lung and COPD rates in the nation.

Many are thankful. As the people celebrate hope, though it may be difficult right now, Goule is breathing a sigh of relief.

“I really believe with all my heart that it's going to help me," he said.

For more information on the center, visit the Cabin Creek Health Systems website



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