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¬†When people say something like “it took my breath away” I try to breathe deep. They know not what they say, for I have felt the strangling panic that comes when my breath leaves my lungs.

Every time I breathe I feel a struggle to regain my oxygen. So much misunderstanding around chronic lung disorders has prompted me to use my experience to highlight my journey as a COPD survivor.

I welcome you to join me for my ongoing journey as we all strive to ‘catch our breath’

My name is Barbara Moore, and this is my story…

 

Born and Raised

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada, I am the youngest of 5 children, I have been married for over 43 years. My husband and I share 3 adult children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. We have one grandson, that is my reason for living, a rescue Pit Bull and a few cats.

Career

Then, as a college instructor, I taught Accounting and Finance for over 15 years. I was forced to retired in 2018 due to my health.

Now, I run a small bookkeeping business, maintain this blog, I write monthly for COPD.net and I am a Lung Ambassador for The Lung Health Foundation. I host a Live Tuesday Tea Time on @Facebook.com/CatchYourBreath60 and host Zoom meeting for COPD socials and peer support.

Goals

The goal is to build a peer support community from a patient perspective for those who suffer from Chronic Illness like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease . I lobby governments for funding to bring awareness for lung health research and development. We are holding out hope for a cure.

Vision

The vision of CatchYourBreath60 is to help shed the prejudice of having a chronic illness. Peer to peer support helps us to advocate for ourselves while striving to meet the day-to-day demands of working, living and surviving.

Join Me

This blog is my story as I continue my journey, sharing information and education as I advocate for myself and for you. If you have COPD or any other chronic illness, or if you are a caretaker, feel free to climb aboard. We can take this journey together.