Earl Manous was a coal miner for 37 years. And he smoked for 20 years.
He wasn’t very active because shift work made it difficult to exercise
About five years ago he began have real trouble breathing when he exerted
himself. Earl had
heart problems, too.
Then he was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD, a progressive lung disease.
He had given up on ever feeling better.
On the advice of Cardiologist
Dr. Nicholas Stamato, Earl saw lung specialist
Dr. Michael Nolledo, Campbell County Medical Group
Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Gillette, Wyoming. A Pulmonologist, Dr. Nolledo recommended
Pulmonary Rehabilitation, an education and treatment program for people living with COPD or chronic
lung disease to help them breathe more easily, get stronger and do more
in their daily lives. Classes are small and held in an encouraging, controlled
environment supervised by personnel trained to handle any emergencies
such as registered nurses, respiratory therapists, registered dietitians
and medical social workers.
During his Pulmonary Rehab classes, Earl learned how to breathe and help
calm himself when he became short of breath. He also learned how to exercise,
and build up his chest muscles so his lungs could work more efficiently.
He credits the Pulmonary Rehab staff for really caring about him and encouraging
him to care about himself.
“This has really turned me around,” said Earl. “I would
recommend this to anyone with a breathing problem. I feel like there’s
Earl is about to graduate from Pulmonary Rehab, and is looking for exercise
partners when he attends the
Campbell County Recreation Center.
If you have a heart or lung condition,
Campbell County Memorial Hospital's cardiac or pulmonary rehab programs can help you get healthy and function
independently as quickly and safely as possible. Learn more at