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Patient Makes Second Appearance on Local TV Show

Barbara Thompson (left) with Loretta McNary PH patient Barbara Thompson appeared on the Loretta McNary Show, a local Memphis TV show, for the second time in two years. In addition to speaking out about pulmonary hypertension, Barbara urged audience members to Pucker up for PH.


Barbara Thompson first participated in the Loretta McNary show in July 2009 to talk about her life with pulmonary hypertension. “Loretta had a hard time understanding how I could be so cheerful and yet so sick,” Barbara says. Although Loretta was initially intimidated by Barbara’s diagnosis, the two remained in touch and have become friends. Last week Barbara returned to the show for a second time where she was interviewed in front of a live audience.

“Loretta wanted to talk more about me and how I was brave in spite of having PH, but I wanted to focus more on raising pulmonary hypertension awareness,” says Barbara. The show included three segments: an interview with Dr. Paul Deaton, a doctor from Mid-South Pulmonology Specialists in Memphis; an interview with Barbara; and a final segment where Barbara collected blue lips from audience members for the PuckerUp4PH Campaign.

After the taping, Barbara was glad she did the interview and was thrilled that some of the members of her local support group were in the audience. She’s resolved to continue raising PH awareness in her community through future media opportunities and by urging people at her dentist’s office, cardiologist’s office and her church to PuckerUp4PH. Learn more about the PuckerUp4PH Campaign

Interested in working with the media to raise PH awareness in your community? Contact Elisabeth, PHA’s Grassroots Campaigns Associate, at PHAware@PHAssociation.org or 301-565-3004 x753 for more information on how to get started!

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