Barbara's History with the Condition
Barbara says that her premature birth, life in an industrial city, a history of blood clots, and being a pack-a-day smoker almost ensured her chances of having COPD. She realized she had been experiencing COPD symptoms for at least 10 years before her official diagnosis.
After her diagnosis in 2016 – just on the cusp of her 60th birthday – Barbara recognized a lack of peer support for people with COPD. She saw an opportunity to build a platform to share her experiences, giving a voice to others like her. Her blog was born soon after.
Barbara is working to create a chronic illness community through her blog and other outreach efforts. The aim is to get the best care for COPD patients by utilizing their expertise in living with the condition.
With rehab and support, Barbara's learned that life with chronic illness is easier with a positive attitude. She practices mindfulness and uses meditation daily to gain a sense of gratitude. Barbara also co-chairs a local peer support group through Ontario Lung. They meet locally once a month.
Barbara was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She still lives there, now with her husband of 42 years, three children, and one grandson.
NPS-ALL-NP-00342 JANUARY 2023