Neleta’s Story

“No one knows your body better than you do!”

In 2017 it was discovered that local and well-known radio personality Brenda Foley had a potentially life-threatening blockage in one of her coronary arteries. The blockage was opened successfully by interventional cardiologist Dr. Ahmad Alqaqa’a and the cardiac catheterization team at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Brenda has since recovered and is back to doing the things she loves. “We caught it, and I’m firing on all cylinders,” she said.

Click here to read more about Brenda’s experience and her advice for women to take care of themselves and to insist on getting the help they need if they believe something is wrong.

When Compassion is Everything

“I like to tell people that it was the doctors and nurses in the emergency department and cath lab who saved my life. And it was the cardiac rehabilitation program that gave me back my life.”

Click here to read more about Sue’s experience.
– Sue Foy – Cheyenne, Wyoming

“I was in good shape and didn’t think I could be having a heart attack. Later at the hospital, I learned that one of the major arteries near my heart was completely blocked, and I’d need a stent to keep it open. Had it not been for all of the staff at Cheyenne Regional, I would not be here today. From the time I arrived to the time I was allowed to go home, I received the best possible care. I want to thank Cheyenne Regional for saving my life and for taking care of my family.”
– David Stenson – Sunrise, Wyoming

“Part of my recovery from a heart attack included participating in Cheyenne Regional’s cardiac rehabilitation program. They are an awesome team. Thanks to their ongoing help and support after my heart attack, I lost 45 pounds, 7 inches and four pant sizes. My cholesterol is so low that I was recently allowed to cut my cholesterol medication in half. I feel really good now—better than I have in 20 years.

“The Cardiac Rehab Program was a lifesaver for me. After my heart attack I was afraid to do much of anything for fear of another attack. This class offered me the chance to learn to exercise in a safe and effective way, which translated into a better physical and emotional fitness. The entire staff was very supportive of my classmates and myself. I felt like I wasn’t just a job to them but that they truly cared about my recovery. Carrie was especially attentive to my goals for recovery and always helped me to push myself to that next goal.

“I truly believe that without this program I would still be living in fear feeling that my life was over. Now I feel like my life is just beginning! Thanks to Cheyenne Regional for providing our community with such an amazing group of people.”
– Pamela Nash – Cheyenne, Wyoming

“As a ‘new-bee’ to the Cardiac Rehab center I found the entire staff friendly and engaging. My initial meeting regarding the treatment was with Lilli and she methodically covered everything in the Rehab folder and was very informative when answering all my questions. The Tuesday class was an excellent education and time well spent. The rehab sessions are first-rate with much individual attention given to how hard one was working out; advice on diet, special needs and the rotation of the exercise equipment that would best suit the needs for one’s physical condition. I noted that every newcomer is made to feel part of the “rehab family” by the entire staff. I take my hat off to the entire staff at the center and thank you for your dedication, attention to your duties and love for your profession. Without you the center would not be possible.”
– C.R.

“I have been going to rehab for over a month. My life has changed so much for the better. They have given me confidence to try things I felt I was not ready for. I drive now, go shopping, cook more, and do more around the house. I am now back working with my flowers and garden. The staff is wonderful. They are so supporting and caring. I have learned to trust myself more and listen to my body. I would encourage all heart patients to attend rehab.”
– C.W.

“I feel privileged to write these comments about Cheyenne Regional’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility. After my heart surgery I went through phases one and two and found them very helpful. I then did not continue with phase three. I believed, very wrongly, that I could do the exercise myself. I didn’t do it. When I had a second opportunity to stay with phase three, I realized I must do it. I have now been in the program for over six years and I am convinced of its great value. We exercise in a highly supervised environment and we all feel secure because of this. The cost at present is $50.00 for 12 sessions, and this is an important feature of the program. When you pay some money to do it you feel you have a greater obligation than when there is no out of pocket cost. (You have a dog in the race.) This is one of the motivations. The most important thing that has occurred is the camaraderie of our group. We care about each other; we encourage each other in exercise and in other parts of our lives. This is the part that holds our group together. It is the main reason why the patients who are invited to continue with phase three, will feel welcome, and have the comfort of knowing they are doing the right thing by staying. I strongly encourage all who can to join the program.”
– Donald B. Hunton, M.D.

“I have participated in Cardiac Rehab exercises for six years. I truly enjoy the three times a week workout for a number of reasons.

  1. The regimen is healthful.
  2. The staff are always cheerful.
  3. The social interaction with my classmates is usually entertaining.
  4. Going to rehab makes me get out of bed early at least three times a week.

One last note, CRMC East is convenient as it’s only three blocks away from my home.”
– Don Erickson

“A great program, the staff is top notch, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this program to anyone that has a cardiac event.”
– Howard Hill

“Cardiac Rehab is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel better and stronger than I have in years. It’s all due to the wonderful staff. They make you feel safe, they always are happy to help you any way they can. They are always cheerful and encouraging. This is a great program. I have learned a great deal. Thank you, thank you. CRMC is the best!”
– Pat Bell