Dear Reader;

This is to notify you that the PERF Newsletter and Dr. Petty's monthly letter to the pulmonary patients are now published on the PERF Website. You can access the Newsletter by clicking at this link (http://www.perf2ndwind.org/). Please find Dr. Petty's letter below.

Those of you who requested the hardcopy to be mailed should get the Newsletter soon. This is the first Newsletter that has been printed 'in-house'. Thanks to PERF for investing the award from the American College of Chest Physicians into a XEROX WorkCentre 614 Si and a XEROX Phaser 8200 color printer. We hope you will find the renewed Newsletter pleasing.

PERF Webmaster

Dr. Thomas Petty

Dr. Thomas L. Petty is Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

He is the Chairman of the National Lung Health Education Program (NHLP)

He has been writing his thoughtful letters for the readers of the Second Wind for many years. You can visit and browse those that are available on the PERF website by clicking here.

Letter from Tom
Life's Simple Pleasures

Dear Friends;

Imagine my delight as I opened birthday presents on Christmas Eve. Here, wrapped in paper adorned with multicolored frogs, I found a small wooden box, that had been had painted by my three grandchildren who live in Durango, Colorado. Christopher(6), Kate(4) and Julia(4), are the children of my son John and his wife, Gina. The box had pasted stars, moon crescents and a green frog that sat on the lid. Inside was a note, carefully printed by the children.

"Always remember life's
Simple treasures, Love,
                ....the Pettys

     Indeed, the box was full of treasures: A whittled stick a small rock, a plastic ring with a bird on it, a pin commemorating the annual hot air balloon festival, a rock climber's clamp picked up on a hike in the Rockies, a quarter, a dime, a nickel, a penny, and two Pok'eman Cards from Christopher's cherished collection!

     When I called to thank them for the thoughtfulness and asked about how this wonderful gift and thought developed, John said that he and Gina simply asked the kids to go their rooms and find a special treasure that thay wanted to send grandpa on his birthday.

     "Gifts of the Magi"!

     The sharing, generosity and caring represented by this simple gift will be an inspiration to me forever.  This is the stuff that makes life worthwhile.  These are "life's simple pleasures".

     May the coming year and those that follow be full of simple treasures and their accompanying pleasures.  Happy New Year!


I'll be in touch next time.



Your friend

Thomas L. Petty, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, UCHSC
Co-Chairman, National Lung Health Education Program

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