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Patient John Wiese on how Dr. Walid Eltaraboulsi worked to help him manage his asthma win a national championship

John Wiese’s father taught him how to fish, but his mother taught him to dream. Since the age of nine, John always dreamed of being a rising star in Bassmasters.

A self-described “humble, hard-working blue-collar guy,” John stepped away from fishing to devote time to getting his own pest control company off the ground. John still hoped to find the time and energy to get back on the boat, but he shelved those plans when he got sick.

“I developed this weird allergic asthma and had bronchitis three times,” John explained. “I went from running 16 miles a week to not being able to breathe.” One of his customers heard his rumbling cough, and urged John to call Dr. Eltaraboulsi at Tryon Medical Partners.

They worked for months to get John’s allergies under control. With medication management and modifications to his home and work environment, John got much better and returned to competitive fishing. In July 2019, John beat more than 200 of the most talented bass fishermen in the country to win the “Bassmaster Eastern Open on the James River.”

With tears in his eyes, John dedicated his win to his late mother, who pushed him to keep fishing and follow his dreams. He credited “Dr. E” with helping him get there.

“I cannot even pronounce the man’s name, but he’s been there for me every step of the way,” John said. “I thank God for Tryon Medical Partners. They kept me healthy enough to achieve my dreams.”

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