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Penney Blair-Smieciuch


Charlottesville, VA

Age Range


Inspire Day

May 20, 2020

Hi, my name is Penney and I have had Inspire since May 20, 2020. I didn’t even know I had sleep apnea. I have always had allergies and that’s what I thought it was, I didn’t think it was sleep apnea. So I got on a few allergy regimens and I would run miles each day to physically exhaust myself in hopes of sleeping better that night but nothing worked until Inspire.

Playing tennis, taking long walks, rowing, traveling, and hanging out with my family and friends.

Why I chose Inspire therapy to treat my sleep apnea:
I needed sleep and after not sleeping well for years, I was up 6-8 times a night and not having energy and barely functioning day to day, it was time that I found something that would help me capture a good night sleep.

In a few short words, I would describe Inspire therapy as:
A gift of life. The thought of not living well on the other side of the day was torture and I craved sleep. I had no problem going to sleep, but could not stay asleep and woke many times during the night, and knowing that I could potentially have a stroke or heart attack made me anxious. Inspire most certainly has changed my life for the better good and I am grateful for a good night’s sleep.

Why am I a patient ambassador?
I promised myself and others that if this therapy worked for me and I was able to capture a good night’s sleep, I would share my story so that others would have the same opportunity to get a restful night of sleep. I have a different outlook on life and I have an abundance of energy and want to be the person who changes someone’s life for the better. I am excited to be part of the “Inspire” family of recipients, and feel that anyone who is using a CPAP machine that is cumbersome and is not working for a patient struggling to get adequate sleep, should consider “Inspire.”

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