INSPIRED Approaches to COPD Patient Stories

Vancouver COPD Patients Feel Like New
Vancouver COPD Patients Feel Like New

Robert Barnes and Maggie Joyce of Vancouver have much in common. Both are in their fifties, have overcome addiction problems, and have had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for years. Thanks to a program to help COPD patients at Providence Health Care, they also have a new lease on life.

 

 


“Miracle” Time for Edmonton COPD Patient
“Miracle” Time for Edmonton COPD Patient

In 2014, Bucky Stochinsky of Edmonton was in and out of the hospital five times, for stays ranging from five days to a few weeks. That’s common for patients like Bucky, who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and is tough to get used too, says his wife Donna. “It was very arduous when Bucky was in hospital. It just wears on the whole family,” she says.

 

 


Burlington Resident Breathes Sigh of Relief for COPD Intervention
Burlington Resident Breathes Sigh of Relief for COPD Intervention

It wasn’t nightmares that disturbed David Langdon’s sleep. “I used to wake up terrified, because I couldn’t breathe,” says the 81-year-old resident of Burlington, Ontario

 

 

 


“My Life Was Given Back” – Newfoundland COPD Patient Feels INSPIRED
“My Life Was Given Back” – Newfoundland COPD Patient Feels INSPIRED

As long as she can remember, Hilda Snow of Botwood, Newfoundland has had what she calls “bad lungs.” As a child, she had bronchiectasis. That’s a disease where there’s permanent enlargement of parts of the airways, which often leads to lung infections. Hilda, now 75, recalls having to take a long train ride to Corner Brook for treatments.

 

 


Dartmouth COPD Patient Takes Step-byStep Approach to Freedom
Dartmouth COPD Patient Takes Step-byStep Approach to Freedom

Joan Leblanc lives a block from a bus stop. Still, she used to take a taxi to work, and have it pull up as close as possible. Walking to the bus was just too difficult. At home, climbing the 12 stairs from the basement to the first floor was a chore too. Joan had to stop after five or six steps, then pause again at the top to catch her breath.

 

 


Ottawa Woman Won’t Let COPD Take Her Without a Fight
Ottawa Woman Won’t Let COPD Take Her Without a Fight

Sue Johnson isn’t someone who backs down. In the summer of 2015, the Ottawa retiree was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This condition affects about 800,000 Canadians and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where progressive lung damage makes breathing difficult.

 

 


INSPIRED Helps Former PEI Public Service Leader Cope with COPD
INSPIRED Helps Former PEI Public Service Leader Cope with COPD

Doug Boylan of Charlottetown, PEI isn’t one to dwell on his fate. He smoked for 50 years, so wasn’t too surprised to get a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This condition affects about 800,000 Canadians and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where progressive lung damage makes breathing difficult.

 

 


Quebec Retiree Learns to “Live and Cope” With COPD
Quebec Retiree Learns to Live and Cope With COPD

Jean, 59, had pneumonia, but the root of his problems was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This condition affects about 800,000 Canadians. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where progressive lung damage makes breathing difficult. There’s a high risk of repeated hospital admissions.