Advocating for COPD has been one of my greatest passions. I want other COPDers to know that there are always eyes and ears looking out for their best interest. Resources are available and each of us needs to know how to access them.
I am passionate about research and what is available to the COPD community. I have participated with lobby days on Capitol Hill, bringing awareness to all government officials.
I have many proud moments with the COPD Foundation. One of my proudest is being asked by John Walsh to be a PPRN (Patient Powered Research Network) governing board member.
Keeping abreast of what is new and innovative in the world of COPD therapy makes a win-win situation. We have to work as a team. Patients, caregivers, clinicians, and law makers all working together for the common good.
I will remain vigilant doing what I do best, which is advocating for and participating in pulmonary rehab, presenting at health fairs, staying connected with elected officials in my state and helping wherever there is a need. I will also continue working with the Breathe Chicago Center as a research advocate and continue my work as a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense.
My biggest goal yet is to help secure funding which is so needed.
My motto is and has been since I became an Illinois State Captain in 2013 is “Knowledge is Power”.