Grateful Giving: John Buckley

WHEN JOHN BUCKLEY TALKS ABOUT the Falmouth Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation staff, the names roll out on a warm tide of gratitude. It is a long list – from clinical coordinator Susan Crider to exercise physiologist Sheri Scott and colleagues Melessa Ashworth and Brianna Kuenzel. John, 72, says each name with great affection. The staff did more than save his life, he said; they led him through a profound change that gives the Cotuit resident confidence for a healthy, happy future. "The Cardiac Rehab program was the best thing that ever happened in my life," he said.

Four years ago, John was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and weighed more than 400 pounds. He ended up in an ambulance headed to Falmouth Hospital’s Emergency Department. Doctors there sent him to Cardiac Rehabilitation. Rehab staff admired his dedication to dietary guidelines and regular exercise. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of a team providing him with care and support,” Susan Crider said.

In his Cardiac Rehab sessions, John works out and attends small classes. John has lost and kept off more than 100 pounds, gained strength, and is reveling in activities like traveling to Bermuda with his wife, Barbara. "I feel so much better," he said. "It’s a tremendous gift."

John expressed his gratitude by becoming a member of the Lightkeeper’s Society, a special donor program. He wants to help the clinic staff expand its reach. "They’re the nicest people you could ever meet," he said.

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