Reita B.

Reita B.

Reita Barto has been happily married for 46 years with three children. Reita worked as a district manager of a Circle K store for over ten years. In 2010, she was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Then in 2017, Reita was diagnosed with cancer in her lungs, esophagus, and lymph nodes.

She was devastated.

After seeking treatment in Indianapolis, Reita’s doctor suggested outpatient therapy at Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital. The goal was to get her body stronger and assist in learning how to increase her ease in breathing.

Reita has been attending the outpatient pulmonary program at SIRH for over a year, and has progressed through all three stages. Reita has no plans to stop participating in pulmonary rehab.

“I have never felt better," Reita stated. "I am able to do so much more, I have learned how to breathe, and will keep coming as long as they let me. I am able to walk further and have more energy since I have been exercising.” She credits Michelle and Nellie for all their hard work and encouragement throughout her time in the program.

Reita encourages others to come to rehab and says, “it definitely works, but you have to work with it. It will make a big difference in your life!”