Barbara is a former college Business and Accounting professor who now blogs about and advocates for others with COPD. She also runs a small bookkeeping business.
Her premature birth, life in an industrial city, the history of blood clots in her lungs, and being a pack-a-day smoker almost ensured Barbara's chances of having COPD. She realized that she was likely experiencing COPD symptoms for at least 10 years before she received an official diagnosis.
After her diagnosis in 2016 – just on the cusp of her 60th birthday – she recognized a lack of community and peer support for people living with COPD. Taking her chance, she then saw an opportunity to use her own platform and experiences, giving a voice to others like her. Her blog was born soon after.
Through her blog and other outreach efforts, Barbara is working to create a chronic illness community. The community uses its voice to get the best care possible by utilizing the expertise of the people who suffer. She's learned through support and rehab 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, and still resides there with her husband of 42 years, three children, and one grandson.
NPS-ALL-NP-00342 MAY 2021