Diagnosed a couple of years ago, she has Stage Three COPD with some symptoms of Stage Four. She combats her illness with a sense of humor and irony and has found that it’s not all bad, especially since she was already looking for an excuse to get out of doing housework. She’s discovered joy in the small details of the world and loves to express this through photography, a hobby that has given her purpose. Physically, she lives vicariously through characters in her favorite books and has many adventures this way. She also believes that knowledge is power and research is vital to learning how to live with a horrible chronic illness.
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