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The Patty Loveless Interview (Page 2 of 2)
An Interview with Patty Loveless
Patty Loveless: Yes, it is.
That’s the reason we’re trying to get
everybody to go to that Web site and
take that five question screener.
I’ve done it and I’m not at risk, but
I’ve lost my voice because of an illness
and I depend on my lungs. I mean,
everybody says it’s a smoker’s disease.
But there’s so much more that I have
learned about it. My father died
with black lung disease and he was only
58. While I was in Atlanta, doing
the screening and meeting people, a
mother and her child came up. Her
son is 10 years old and she said he’s
been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.
I said, “Really?” And she said,
“Yes and he’s getting treatment and
there’s a great possibility he could
grow out of it.” So it’s just so
much more that nobody realizes.
Gary Barg: I just think that’s
fascinating. Have you seen people
say, “Wow, I never thought of this.
Maybe I should go screen myself or
screen my loved one or my wife is
starting to cough…” you know, things
Patty Loveless: I’ve had friends
that are dying – dying with it – and
family. I have learned that
sometimes people who work in a bakery,
the dust from the flour can get down
into your lungs; or even in sugar
factories, the dust from the sugar.
The ladies that work in the salons or
makeup artists can be exposed. So
it’s just real important to take that
screener and it takes maybe a couple of
minutes of your time. Just answer
truthfully and then if the results are
positive, go to your doctor and see
what can be done about helping you to
Gary Barg: I never thought about
that—makeup and sugar factories
and just places you’d never think
about—that these particles are blowing
up into your lungs. The Website is
Patty Loveless: Yes.
Gary Barg: What would be the most
important piece of advice you would give
to a family caregiver?
Patty Loveless: In order to be a
caregiver, it’s very important that you
take care of yourself as well, so that
you can take care of those you want to
take care of. My sister was always
trying to take care of me when I was
trying to take care of her when we were
both trying to take of our mother.
And then we would swap off at the
hospitals. One of us would stay all
night and then we’d switch and somebody
else would come in that morning.
You never know when they’re going to
take that last breath and it’s very
stressful, it’s very hard. You have to
just prepare yourself and the
caregivers, they need to be taken care
of as well.