Posted In Heart & Vascular Patient Story on May 03, 2018
Gerry Martin was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease eight years ago. COPD is a
chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs and can make
breathing difficult. But Gerry’s doctor sent her to Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Peninsula Regional
Medical Center to help her combat the condition.
Eight years later, she said it has made a great difference. “It makes me more mobile – not only that, it
makes me want to go do something good,” she said. Gerry started at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation
program in Salisbury, but as a Worcester County resident she was happy to move to PRMC’s Adult
Fitness program offered now at the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” she said, “but what I appreciate the most is the people. The entire staff is so caring. You feel very safe there. They are marvelous – we are blessed to have them.”
Gerry is managing her COPD well by staying active and engaged on the Nustep, the treadmill and the
arm ergometers. “It’s very social, as well,” she said. “You get to know the people well so you look
forward to it even more.”
Gerry says she plans to continue going to Adult Fitness Ocean Pines as often as she can. “It gives me
motivation,” she said. “I feel like I can do more every time I go.”