INSPIRED Approaches to COPD Patient Stories

After 14 Years with COPD, Burlington Patient Gets INSPIRED to Learn How to Better Manage the Disease

Shirley Boag When Shirley Boag of Burlington, Ont. was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2004, she was surprised – but not shocked.

A year prior she had quit her 50-year smoking habit, only after an internist told her that her circulation was so bad she could lose her toes. For several years, Boag had colds that lingered, and got out of breath easily on the stairs or walking in snow. Her GP sent her to a respirologist. A breathing test found that she’d lost 50% of her lung function.


New Brunswick Repo Man Looks to Take Back his Health After COPD Diagnosis

INSPIRED Patient StoriesChris Burden, 69, calls himself a road warrior. He’s based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, but constantly travels for his work as a bailiff, process server, appraiser and auctioneer. So part of his job is seizing assets due to court rulings and unpaid bills. “I’m a repo man,” he says.

Cars, trucks, boats, equipment, houses – you name it, Burden has taken it back. He has been doing it for about 30 years and works 60 hours a week, hitting the highways and byways across the Maritimes. After being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of his first thoughts was that he wasn’t going to let it derail his life.


Medication Protocol Helps Sackville COPD Patient Avoid Hospitalizations

INSPIRED Patient StoriesFor patients like 84-year-old Wilbur Starratt of Sackville, Nova Scotia, infections are a common part of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Family doctors aren’t always quickly available for office visits, which can mean trips to the hospital emergency department.

Now, he and his wife Charlotte stay on top of the signs of infection and fill a prescription for antibiotics and other treatment more quickly. Learning how to manage infections, through the INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM has helped to avoid medical appointments and trips to the hospital. “Now we can get ahead of it,” says Charlotte.


INSPIRED PEI Patient Wants to Help Scale Up the COPD Program

Brian Crabbe Brian Crabbe was always handy, a self-described backyard mechanic. He worked in automotive part sales, and his hobbies included body work and woodworking. Crabbe loved his pastimes, though they may well have contributed to his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For his work, Crabbe was in and out of service stations, garages, paint shops and the like. There was lots of dust and chemicals in the air. In his hobbies, he didn’t always wear a mask when he should have. He figures all of that exposure weakened his lungs. Crabbe was also a smoker, though he quit 26 years ago.


For Edmonton COPD Patients, INSPIRED Offers “Model for the Future” of Care

Dave Knights

In 2014, a few years after he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Dave Knights of Edmonton was given three months to live. He has defied the odds, and gives some of the credit to the health support he has received at home. Dave receives home care and is supported in his home by an interdisciplinary team that includes a case manager, nurse practitioner, respiratory therapist and personal care. This team approach, which includes education about living with COPD, have been instrumental to his care and outlook .