Last updated: March 2022

Over the years, COPD.net has lost powerful voices in the COPD community. Hear the stories of those who are no longer with us as we celebrate their life and message.

Debz Borge

Debz was diagnosed on the 6th of July 2016, and was rushed into the hospital that day after 3 weeks at home with a chest infection. Before this, her GP had asked her if she wanted to do the lung function test on numerous occasions but she always declined the offer (She was frightened to hear the truth). For her and her hubby, it was the scariest time of their lives. Read more.

Liana Collet

Liana was first officially diagnosed with emphysema in 2014 but knew there was something wrong before that. She went through 3 draining cancers, two breast cancers, and one cervical. Although she have been through the mill, her sense of humor and her positive attitude have seen her through some pretty rough times. Read more.

Carol Kirker

Carol was from Massachusetts, where she lived with her husband of 39 years. They moved to the state of Texas to be closer to their grandchildren. Read more.

Mary Ultes

Mary had stage four COPD for 17yrs & end-stage COPD for 8 yrs. After being diagnosed with COPD, & on oxygen 24/7 I kept smoking on & off for nine years. 8 yrs ago after I almost died for the third time, besides using oxygen 24/7 I had to use a nonintrusive ventilation device, (known to most as a BI-PAP) 24/7. One year later I was put on Hospice & given less than 6 months to live. I was a Hospice patient for 3 & 1/2 years. The doctors kept telling me I was dying. However, I choose not to believe them, and by the grace of God, so far, I’m right and they’re wrong. Read more

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