It’s been said that there are only two things in this world that are for certain: death and taxes. Well, I don’t quite agree. I think there’s at least one other thing that we can count on for sure. And that is change. If you have COPD, you know that as well as anybody else.
I’m preparing for a time of change myself. Next Wednesday, on June 29, I will be posting my last Wednesday Wellness Check-in for the COPD Foundation. I began working for the COPD Foundation in 2011 and retired from my position as Assistant Director of Public Education one year ago. Since then, I’ve continued to write the Check-ins and I’ve also been routinely participating in the conversations here at COPD360social.
Starting next month, I will be spending more time with my family—my husband of 42 years, our two grown children and their spouses, and our grandsons ages 4 and 6, who are growing up all too fast. I look forward to taking better care of my physical and emotional health, and I will also be doing something I’ve waited a long, long time to do—devoting more time to helping more people learn about my book about COPD and new, related materials.
It’s been an honor and a privilege to share my knowledge, thoughts, and experiences as a respiratory care practitioner, as well as a bit of my personal life, here with you in more than eighty Check-ins over the last two years. More importantly, though, I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve appreciated your participation. Your responses, insight, and the courageous sharing of yourselves has enriched my writing and reading experience—and my life—more than I can say.
I’ve been in the workplace for over 50 years. I’ve worked with some amazing people who have taught me so much. For that, I am most thankful. But when it comes right down to it, I’m an independent type, and I look forward to spreading my wings in a way I never have before. In this new phase, I will continue to write COPD-related blogs and stories as well as occasional non-COPD related pieces from more of a personal point of view.
Thank you again, my dear friends. You humble me, you mean the world to me, and I will never forget you. I may visit here on COPD360social from time to time in the future. If you wish to keep in touch, let me know.
With much appreciation and love,