As the newest State Captain for Washington, I hope to accomplish being able to share what knowledge and positive results I am experiencing with cardiopulmonary rehab. I do know this is not available to everyone (so sad). I want to figure out a delicate way to promote rehab without sounding boastful or bragging. I am so blessed.
As a COPD advocate, I have participated in COPD research opportunities such as the COPD PPRN, am a member of a support group, and have signed up for 360social. I have also spoken to my family and friends about COPD.
As a State Captain I hope to connect others in the COPD community to the resources available so they can live healthier, fuller lives, as well as to participate and promote research opportunities to help find a cure. I would also like to raise awareness by participating in health fairs and community events, and write about COPD to share my story and help raise awareness.
My proudest COPD moment has been on my 65th birthday. 2016 was a terrible year for me. Every 2 mos I was hospitalized with pneumonia. The last was Dec 5-10,2016. The 10th was my B-Day. Getting out of the hospital I made up my mind to revamp my life. Complete diet change, exercise (rehab), and sanitizing everything I came in contact with.
My inspiration to share is, “Slow down, take it one day at a time."