Suzanne is a real patient who has been compensated for her time.
The first time Suzanne coughed up blood, she was terrified. She went to the hospital, was put on an antibiotic, and sent home. Over the next 10 years, this cycle repeated itself, and eventually, she stopped visiting the hospital, thinking “it’ll pass.” All this changed one day, when she coughed up more blood than usual, prompting her to return to the doctor. Suzanne’s primary care physician referred her to a pulmonologist, who suspected it could be Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease. A bronchoscopy and tissue sample confirmed her doctor’s suspicion, and she was diagnosed with MAC lung disease, as well as bronchiectasis.
“The most important thing is to continue to live your life the way that you are—and to do whatever you can to do it. Do the research about what’s going on with you and how you should approach taking care of yourself.”
Every day, we are inspired by people like Suzanne. Knowing that we have the opportunity to make a difference for her and others like her is what fuels our passion and drives our purpose.