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Dear friends, colleagues, peers, vendors, and members,
In light of the current global pandemic, it’s fair to say that all of us have been forced to think about our health recently. I hope for those of you who have made fitness a part of your lifestyle, the decision has been validated! Exercise IS medicine and now more than ever we are reminded of it’s importance.
I’m reaching out today to share my own recent health scare experience with you and also update you all on the future of my health and fitness businesses.
I was recently diagnosed with a rare lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension or PAH. PAH is a progressive life-threatening disease that narrows the arteries of the lungs. My disease is idiopathic, which means it’s unknown why I have it. There is no cure for PAH, but thankfully there are treatments to control the symptoms and improve my quality of life.
My symptoms started in July, 2019. While working out at home, I experienced severe chest pain. After an appointment with my doctor, they determined I was dehydrated however my symptoms persisted over the next few months. Every time I would exercise, I would experience a light chest pain and dizziness. After being referred to a cardiologist and having several tests, they found no cause of these symptoms.
Around January my symptoms drastically increased and included blacking out on a regular basis. At this point, I started going downhill fast. After several more tests, I ended up at a heart surgeon’s office. He agreed to admit me to the hospital to allow for quicker testing. It was then during the first test, they found the pressures in my lungs to be four times that of normal levels.
I was relieved to finally have an answer, but then quickly deflated when learning about the disease.
Initially doctors didn't know my long-term outlook, as some patients don't respond well to PAH medicine. Possibilities of a double lung transplant or premature death could be in my future. As a husband, father, and owner of three Fitness Center's (120 employees and 6,000 members), I felt an overwhelming gloom. So many questions arose, like what would happen to all the people that relied on me…
After several nights of agony, crying with my family and starting a treatment plan, I was released from the hospital ten days later.
It felt so good to be home, but I was very anxious about my future. One of our biggest worries was being close to emergency medical care. After my first Duke Hospital appointment and discussing with all my doctors, pharmacist, family members, and close friends, we felt it was best for my health to live closer to Duke hospital and my new PAH medical team. So myself, my lovely wife, Maura, and our three young children (Siler – age 8, Hannah – age 5 and Weston – age 5) moved to Chapel Hill, NC in April, 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, and there are several things I've learned that I want to share with you all so you don't make the same mistakes I made.
Like most local business owners, I've been working harder now more than ever trying to maneuver through the Covid-19 situation with all three Fitness Centers. We have developed a plan to keep our members and the facilities as safe as possible. We have also designed new membership options that have incredible value for current members and anyone who needs to start exercising.
It never even crossed my mind to give up or not continue with my passion of helping others in the fitness industry. My wife and I are committed to continuing to own and support all three of our Fitness Centers in Franklin, NC, Clayton, GA and Murphy, NC. We love providing this service to these communities and feel honored to have the opportunity. Although we do not currently live nearby, we do genuinely care deeply for the area and the people.
Even though you may not see me at our open houses or at community events, please know that I would love to be present. Our fitness centers exist to support anyone and everyone in the local community.
I look forward to re-opening the opportunity to bring back all of our great classes, trainings and amenities as soon as we are allowed by local government. Until then I encourage everyone to stay active, stay safe and stay positive!
Yours in Health,
Franklin Health and Fitness
Clayton Health and Fitness
Murphy Health and Fitness
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