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Name: Laura

Health Challenge:Angina

Location: UCLA Health

Greatest Motivation: It’s a much cleaner way of living. I’ve lost 12 pounds. I’ve built my endurance up. There are so many joyful things that I’m doing in my life now. I have more energy and I don’t have the shortness of breath anymore, which is miraculous to me.

Her Story: I would get up in the morning and I would have a bit of shortness of breath, like I couldn’t breath enough oxygen in, and then I would sometimes break out into a sweat, which was scaring me a bit. So my doctor had me call the cardiologist.

“It’s a much cleaner way of living. There are so many joyful things that I’m doing in my life now.”

 I would like to be healthy for my grandchildren so I can be in their lives. I joined the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation). We exercised together for an hour. You’re monitored all the time to see how your heart is doing. Your group becomes very close. It makes it fun. The nutrition program makes you very aware of what you eat. We have our meals while we’re being taught so you get a kind of feel for the different things you can add to give it a little extra taste. This program has been great for my digestion. After dinner, we would practice our group support, which was another good bonding experience because you felt safe and you communicated with each other. We really got to know each other. Then we practiced the stress management.

It’s a much cleaner way of living. I’ve lost 12 pounds. I’ve built my endurance up. There are so many joyful things that I’m doing in my life now. I have more energy and I don’t have the shortness of breath anymore, which is miraculous to me.

Watch her story here.  

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