As a respiratory therapist and State Captain for South Carolina, I am passionate about making the lives for my COPD patients better. As a State Captain, I hope to accomplish bringing awareness to the disease process in my state. Finding ways to ensure patients and their family understand their disease process and helping them understand the treatment process. Bringing compassion to the patients suffering with this disease and ensuring they receive the help they need!
As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD, am a member of a support group, and I have participated in health fairs or community events to promote COPD awareness.
As a State Captain, I am most interested in working with state, local, and national officials to improve COPD policy and in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives. I would also like to raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.
My proudest COPD moment has come from helping spearhead a 90 day physician led project in our hospital to specifically target our COPD population and due to the new implementations it has resulted in a significant decrease in our COPD readmissions rates and has made a huge impact in the lives of our COPD patients!
My inspiration to share is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou