Share Your Story: Tammi

Posted by Eden Coleman on Apr 10, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Welcome back to our latest share your story segment! Today you will be hearing the personal story of Tammi, who was once a busy and adventurous business owner and one time nurse that was forced to adjust many aspects of her hectic animal loving lifestyle in order to live a long, happy and COPD friendly lifestyle.

What was life like leading up to your diagnosis?

Busy, active, eventful, and adventurous. Worked as nurse and owned a cleaning business. I love the outdoors and animals. I have accomplished many goals. I have many more to complete!

How have you adjusted your lifestyle post-diagnosis?

I don't take things for granted. I time manage more and set limits for myself. I am a go getter and think I can take on the world but today I get tired frequently. I take my time and do what's most important. I go a little slower but still get everything done. I have learned to ask for help and not over do it.

What friend/family members provide support? How?

My husband is the most supportive, he understands my disease (doesn't accept it well). He reads blogs, emails, articles and does extra chores and reminds me to take breaks and relax. We do things together to make it easier. He is my rock.

What is your greatest achievement in life that you are most proud of?

Quitting smoking to better my health and being brave to not let this disease ruin my life! I realized it's a matter of lifestyle change for the better.

If you were talking to someone recently diagnosed with COPD, what's some advice you would give them?

Encourage them to learn about COPD, change your diet, exercise and time management.

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What was the hardest thing to cope with after your diagnosis?

Knowing my limits. I don't like being told what to do and what I can't. I think I can do every and anything and also realizing COPD is the third leading cause of death.

What else should we know about you?

I am very independent and strong willed so I will not give up my positive attitude. It changes everything! I love to help people and its hard for me to accept help but I'm learning quickly.

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