COPD: Motivation and Inspiration

September 22nd, 2010 | Author: Katelyn Turner

When I interview COPDers for this blog, I always ask what motivates and keeps them going on a daily basis.

It’s inspiring for me to hear their responses; they want to be around to spend time with grandchildren, they want to see their children grow up, and they want to simply live their lives despite having COPD.

Mary Radawksi

Take Mary Radawski, who completed a mile walk in the American Lung Association’s “Lung Walk”, something she wasn’t sure she’d ever be able to do. She told me she couldn’t have done it without her friends by her side.

Or Sandra Cook, a COPDer who volunteers her time to advocate for COPD, participating in a Drive4COPD event earlier this year. Her daughters have taken up her cause and created a Facebook page, Sandra’s Believers, to rally around her. Talk about a strong support system!

It’s also inspiring for me to read the stories written by family members of COPDers and people become COPD advocates.

Take Lori Palermo, for example. She lost her father to COPD in 2003. Her experience has made her an advocate, and she’s currently petitioning to get her COPD Awareness Gold Ribbon Lapel Pin on a U.S. postage stamp. All in the memory of her dear father.

There’s Cletus Chi, an RT from Cameroon who is committed to bringing smoking cessation to schools to educate our younger generations on the dangers of the habit.

These people are just a tiny sampling of the advocates I’ve talked to along the way, and the COPDers who have shared their inspirations for motivation with me.

So, what motivates you?


  1. Wendy Lowry says:

    Do you offer a daily message of inspiration and comments from COPD sufferers? It is truly something I feel would be helpful to me.



    • Katelyn Harding says:

      Hi Wendy, although we don’t officially offer a daily message of inspiration, you could certainly talk to someone on our Info Line for motivation. Our C.O.P.D. Information Line is staffed with Associates who all live with COPD, and they can talk to you about your situation and give you positive advice to help. 866-316-2673. I hope this helps.

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