As the newest State Captain from West Virginia, I hope to help elevate the care for COPD patients in my community and create public awareness of the disease. I hope to get elected officials to take actions that will promote the well-being of local COPD patients.
As a COPD advocate, I have met, called, sent letters and emailed my elected officials. Additionally, I have participated in COPD research opportunities such as the COPD PPRN, have signed up for COPD360Social, and have spoken to my family and friends about COPD.
As a State Captain, my interests include participating and promoting research opportunities to help find a cure and connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier and fuller lives. I am also interested in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD Policy.
My proudest COPD moment has been when I was asked to represent the COPD Foundation this year as a consumer advocate for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRRMRP). Running a close second if not tied for first is representing the COPD Foundation in formulating research parameters for the Individualized Medicine Forum sponsored by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
I am working on scheduling some speaking engagements with health care students and professionals locally to further promote the cause.
My inspiration to share is, “Do the best that you can for as long as you can” and "just keep on keepin’ on".