• Get Well Soon
  • Do you sometimes jump ahead to read Dr. Petty's monthly newsletter before reading the rest of the Second Wind? We don't blame you if you do. To tell the truth, it is the first thing that we read also since our "Type A" editor gets his letter to us weeks, and sometimes months, in advance. If you haven't read this month's letter entitled "Triple Jeopardy", please do so now so that you'll understand the rest of this message.
  • Did you know that Dr. Petty is the father of pulmonary rehabilitation? Back in the early 1960's, he conceived an idea for helping pulmonary patients. He managed to get a government grant and completed the first group pulmonary rehabilitation program in 1966. It was successful beyond what anyone could have dreamed. Dr. Petty established methods and techniques still used in programs today. More importantly, he demonstrated the value of helping a condition previously considered beyond help.
  • Did you know that he is also responsible for the then revolutionary idea of home oxygen therapy? He tells some wonderful stories of using his jeep, back in 1965, to personally deliver oxygen to old miners living in shacks up in the mountains. Results were, again, so dramatic that he was able to convince government agencies to fund a large-scale study of oxygen therapy in COPD. He led this study and was able to show that oxygen therapy prolongs the life of people with low levels of oxygen in their blood. Even today, this study is considered a landmark...truly the foundation on which we use oxygen today. Since then, he has continued his fight to make oxygen available to those needing it here, and around the world. Dr. Petty has continued this battle for Medicare and insurance coverage of oxygen over the years. It has been a tough, never ending battle; portable oxygen reimbursement is his latest effort. He has published dozens of books (both for patients and for other lung disease experts) and hundreds of scientific papers. We could go on and on. Some day we will devote an entire issue to the accomplishments of this remarkable physician, though even that wouldn't be enough to cover all that he has achieved.
  • In spite of his international renown, Dr. Petty likes to think of himself as a "simple country doctor", the friend of us all. (And yes, he does make house calls!) That kind of caring shows in his monthly letters about medicine and his philosophy of life.
  • Dr. Tom has been writing a monthly letter for the Second Wind since December 10th, 1985. That historic first letter to his "Friends" was published in the January 1986 newsletter and he has written one every month since then! Even when we missed a month, he didn't, which is why you sometimes get a Second Wind with two Letters from Tom. These letters are archived back to June of 1994 on our website. In order to read these classics go to our website at www.perf2ndwind.org and click on the Dr. Tom Petty link. Someday soon, we hope to have all of them, way back to January of 1986, available for you to read or download. They contain timeless words of wisdom.
  • As you know, Dr. Petty also serves as an invaluable member of the Board of Directors of PERF. His vast amount of experience and knowledge has helped to guide our efforts and achievements.
  • Tom Petty has always been there for us. Now, it is time for us to do a little something for him. If you have read the latest letter on "Triple Jeopardy", you know that he has written that he would "appreciate your care, your concern and your prayers during this difficult time." I'm sure that he will have that much, at least, from all of you but would you do just a bit more? Send him a card or a note. It will mean so much to him and be a small way of helping to repay him for all that he has done for all of us. You can send your mail to
  • Dr. Tom Petty
    899 Logan St., Suite 203 Denver, CO 80203
  • It will be delivered to the hospital, or to Dr. Petty when he is back in Denver recuperating and up to reading his mail.
  • We know that some of you are not strong on writing letters, or even cards, but do feel more comfortable on the computer. Would you rather wish him well by e-mail? His wonderful secretary, Kay Bowen, has offered to print out all of your e-mail greetings, put them in a scrapbook, and give this special book to him when he is back in Denver. Her e-mail address is kbowen1937@aol.com (click on the link and your default mail program will be activated). Let your message be among those Dr. Petty is able to read while recuperating from this major surgery.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.