I was diagnosed in 2015, about three weeks before I started here at CTRAL. My health was in a total decline. Just a tail spin. I was morbidly obese. Then they told me I had COPD. I was devastated. I didn’t know anything about COPD except what I’ve seen on TV and in the ads. And you they painted a picture like you’re going to die. It was frightening thing for me. I didn’t know anything about it. I was scared. I couldn’t even get up out of the chair. My sweetheart had helped me up. And then in the paper. there was an ad about a COPD study, it was CTRAL, and I decided I’ll call and I did and I got Renate Jonker and she was doing a study and she invited me over explained everything about the study and I thought at the very least I can find out more about COPD. She checked me over, she explained everything that was going to happen and then she got Doctor Nick to come in and check me over, and I made the statement “Well I hope I can help other people” “because I got this stuff there’s nothing” “I can do about it”. And immediately a total unison, they both said “No, no, no” “That’s not true” “there are things you can do to improve this” And that was my first glimmer of hope when they said that, I knew I had come to the right place. First of all, COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease It is characterized by chronic air flow limitation, which is irreversible. So even after intake of medication the air flow limitation won’t improve. What we try to do here at CTRAL is to increase the knowledge of the effects of COPD. COPD is the disease and which effects 65 million people worldwide and 16 million people here in the US and one of the systemic effects of COPD is muscle wasting and muscle dysfunction, so Mr. Roper actually indicated very nicely what effects are of COPD are on his health, note the loss of muscle function, the loss of muscle mass, how effect this quality of life, and his daily life activities. So to have people like Mr. Roper in this study is very helpful because it can it contributes to more knowledge in this field. I couldn’t walk from the bedroom to the kitchen without having to sit down. When I came here the first time, it was all I could do to walk from the parking lot to the elevator. Well, I was 334 pounds. I couldn’t do anything, I’d be out of breath. And I decided, you know, I had high blood pressure, the legs were swollen, and I felt horrible, all the time. I decided, you know it’s time to do something about this. I lost 96 pounds. My health has turned hundreds fold. Now, I walk, I go anywhere I please. I walked up the stairs this morning for the first time since coming here, and it’s all because of the care they given me. I’ve never been a test subject here, it’s collegial. They made me feel like colleague, they treat me like an equal and not a subject, and that’s made all the difference in the world. It’s made me want to come back to participate. I’ve always liked to build things. started as a little guy building airplanes model airplanes out of balsa. The ones that you could fly on the U-ring. And then i got interested in the early 80’s into doing things with wood, and I built my dad a 13 gun, gun cabinet in a two-car garage and I had saw and a router. That was it, that’s what go me hooked I can do everything I could do five, ten years ago I just like to do it a little slower so I don’t run out of breath, but my breathing compared to what it was a year ago, it’s completely — it is five hundred percent better. So yeah I’m over here a lot and now the dust doesn’t bother me much. So once I started breathing better i got energy and my endurance back, then I was able to come back and start working and I just jump right into it, both feet. This is kind of my sanctuary. So basically, these people turn my life around. They not only suggested, but they’ve given me the encouragement, and every time I come back they’ve bragged on me. So yeah it’s turned me, it’s given me a reason to go. First, they gave me hope that I wasn’t going to go die from not being able to breathe and then they have assisted me in this life changing event The thing I’m most proud of is the result, the health result. I’m back.