On New Year's Eve 2014, 37 years into her fight with Cystic Fibrosis, my wife Rebecca went into respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. They told me that she would never be able to breathe on her own without a lung transplant and then they said she was too sick to qualify for one.
We started 2015 with a prognosis of 'days to weeks'. The year brought pneumonia, aspiration, septic shock, and something called ECMO. I learned that walking on a ventilator was possible even though talking was not. I learned that you need to find joy in every moment you can because those moments are limited. I learned of Rebecca's weird affinity for tapioca pudding even though she was not yet in her 70's. I also learned several lessons that helped me get through the situation, both in the hospital and outside of it. I decided to write this book because I believe that these lessons can help others.
THE STORY OF MY WIFE'S FIGHT WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS, LUNG TRANSPLANT...AND WHAT I LEARNED FROM IT.
Raymond Poole earned a BS degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from the University of Connecticut as well as an MBA from Indiana University. Throughout his career, he has worked in Operations, Engineering Management, and Marketing. Ray has earned a patent, a lean six-sigma certification, and has won two national championships in fighting.
Inspired by his wife Rebecca and her struggles with Cystic Fibrosis, Ray became involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was named “Milwaukee’s Finest” in 2013 in honor of his volunteerism and fundraising efforts. He was a member of the Wisconsin CFF Leadership Board in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded the 2014 Eaton Stover Volunteerism award. He currently volunteers with the CFF Cincinnati chapter.
He holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained and competed in several martial arts including Muay Thai and Jujitsu. In his spare time, Ray enjoys working on his cars, lifting weights, and entertaining friends and family. Ray does not enjoy or excel at running, but he does it anyway...like a boss.
Speaking at TEDx in Pittsburgh 2018
Gold Medal winner in the 2017
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