Barbara is 62 years old and living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She was diagnosed with COPD in late 2015 at the age of 59 but suffered gradually worsening symptoms over the 10 years previous. She and her husband will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in September; together they have 3 adult children and 1 grandson.
She is a retired teacher, who taught accounting and bookkeeping at a local college for over 15 years and has been running a small business for 12 years. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her grandson or reading a good crime novel, and she spends a good part of her days exercising to keep her lungs as healthy as possible.
Her daughter, who is a social worker, urged her to start writing as a means of managing her symptoms and coming to terms with her increasing chronic illnesses. Her blog was born in June 2017. It soon became apparent that others could relate to her and that they were going through the same challenges on a daily basis. Her blog can be found at www.CatchYourBreath60.com. Barbara also co-chairs a Lung Health Support Group through the Ontario Lung Association.
COPD symptoms come on so gradually that it is easy to ignore until you become extremely short of breath. Barbara has learned through support and rehab that life with chronic illness is easier with a positive attitude. She believes in mindfulness and meditation to go from day to day with a mentality of gratefulness. She has always tried to look at things from the brighter, more positive side.
Click here to read all of Barbara's articles on COPD.net.