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Lung Disease Mystery: Bobbie's Story

 

Bobbie Tenner got back to healthy living after Michael Ankin, M.D., solved the 10-year mystery of her lung disease.

 

"Ten years. That’s how long I lived with a cough and shortness of breath.

"Before that, my husband and I used to travel all over the world. But when I got sick, I couldn’t even go out in public because people thought I might have something contagious. They wanted to avoid me. I went to so many hospitals — the biggest names in the country — and saw all the experts. Some called it late-onset adult asthma. Others couldn’t diagnose it at all.

"A friend referred me to her doctor, Dr. Michael Ankin, and everything changed for me at that moment. Dr. Ankin took all the records and test results I had kept over ten years and reviewed each item in sequence. He determined that I needed a biopsy, which was performed by thoracic surgeon Dr. Michael Liptay. Dr. Ankin also had two different pathologists verify the diagnosis: I had a rare disease called granulomatous bronchiolitis.

"All the diagnostic tools in the world had been used on me, but in the end it took the right doctor to put the pieces together and make sense of it.

"I was put on prednisone for six months, weaned off, and now I’m down to just one medication. My family is overjoyed that I finally have the right diagnosis and treatment. I look forward to going to the health club and doing water aerobics again. Recently, I said to my husband, 'I am so happy.' I haven’t been able to say that for a long time."

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