Sound impossible? Not for those in the Denver,
Colorado area in September.
Established in early 1978, they were truly pioneers.
As graduates of an early pulmonary
rehabilitation program at Providence Little
Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California;
what they learned then still applies today - the
need to stay active, keep exercising and use pulmonary
medications, especially oxygen, effectively.
As a person with COPD, you can learn the basics
about the different types of medications, and how they
work in different ways. Once you understand this youll
have a better chance of staying healthy, stable and in
control of your symptoms.
A participant in numerous COPD Foundation functions
including lobby days in Tallahassee and a
presenter at several COPD Foundation workshops and
patient events, Hilde also represented EFFORTS at the
National COPD7 Conference and ATS conferences.
COPD over the
last 20 years,
many gaps still
how care should
be delivered and
how it is actually
being provided in clinical practice. Data have
shown that many COPD patients do not receive the
best treatments according to current guidelines.
He was my best friend, my everything, my
When Karen Anzalone lost her father to
COPD in November 2010, she knew she
had to do something to help others who
shared her experience. Today the memory of her
father, John Ferrara Jr., inspires her work as a
C.O.P.D. Information Line Associate and grassroots
advocate. She remains a passionate member
of the COPD community because she does not
want patients and caregivers to feel the way she
did in her search for education about the disease.