As a State Captain for Pennsylvania, and as a Nurse Practitioner, I hope to continue community outreach to educate patients with COPD and provide educational and support resources. I would like to be part of the movement to help patients with COPD be self empowered, healthier, and have an increased quality of life.
As a COPD advocate, I started and currently run a Better Breathers COPD Support Group, and help organize a free yearly COPD patient education and advocacy event for patients and their caregivers in Valley Forge and the surrounding areas.
As a State Captain, I am most interested in connecting others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, writing about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness, and raising awareness by participating in health fairs and community events.
My proudest moment as a COPD patient advocate and educator is when my support group patients welcome and help educate newcomers to the COPD group or outside of the group. My organization hosted an event last year and several of my support group members attended and were a great educational and support resource to the other patients who attended the event.
My inspiration to share is, “Accept what is, Let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”