As the newest State Captain for Texas, I hope to accomplish developing a list of quality resources such as doctors, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, dietitians,psychologists and other professionals in my area and reach out to other COPD patients to connect them with those resources.
As a COPD advocate, I have spoken to my family and friends about COPD and I have signed up for COPD360Social.
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.
My proudest COPD moment was the first time I wore my POC to the Grocery and Golf course. Psychologically this was a huge step for me . Being a very private person this felt like showing the world some terrible truth about myself. Now I seldom give it a thought but that first time took a lot.
My inspiration to share is, “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
More about me, “After 40 some years of smoking I was officially diagnosed with Emphysema after I was hospitalized with Pneumonia in 2007 at age 56. My FEV1 post hospital was 23% of predicted and is slightly lower at 21% now. I quit smoking upon discharge from the hospital and haven't smoked since. I have remained active since, pursuing my main passion of golf.In July of 2017 my Pulmonologist prescribed oxygen for sleep and activity. My wife and I treated ourselves to a Treadmill over Christmas and I use it Faithfully at least four days a week. I have already seen some improvement in endurance!”