Robert and Doris Reicherter met in high school, when he was 17 and she was 15.
They were married in 1964. Over the years, Robert was drafted into the army, the two had two sons, and began their lives.
“This is really our story because my husband and I were one. From the minute we met as teenagers to the day he went to heaven and beyond,” Doris says.
Doris says Robert was sick for ten years, and was diagnosed with COPD right after 9/11.
“My husband was a dentist, a very good dentist, who all of a sudden started losing his eyesight. When we got to the hospital, that’s when they diagnosed him. He hung on and finally came home and gave up smoking cold turkey. That gave us 10 more years with him,” she says.
Robert passed away in September of 2011, and the past year has been very hard on Doris. In April of this year, her brother Robert passed away from COPD.
Doris was husband Robert’s caregiver, and said at times it was extremely hard.
Because of her experiences with COPD, Doris is now determined to get involved and help spread the word about this disease.
“I want to teach young people about the dangers of smoking. I want to do what I can to help spread awareness and to see what I can do to help.”
If you want to get involved, you can visit our COPD Action Center. There are many options there for you to start becoming your own advocate, or to speak up for a loved one. One person can truly make a difference!