I would like to introduce you to Linda, she was recommended to join the Rangiora Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme by her doctor.

Linda has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema. Prior to the programme Linda knew little of her condition.

At the start of the 8 week programme Linda was a smoker and extremely short of breath; after one week she decided to give up smoking. We know how hard this must have been for Linda, but after six weeks, with the help of patches, Linda is still smoke free. She tells me that she can taste again and is starting to feel much better. A big congratulations!

Exercise can be daunting, however, Linda and the other participants are really enjoying the time doing their circuit twice a week.  As a volunteer and support person on the programme I am amazed at how well and how much progress has been made, I get to see the smiles on the faces as they gain confidence using their weights and actually enjoying the exercise.

Linda sums up the 8 week programme, “It was educational and beneficial; I’m really feeling the benefit of the past weeks. In fact, I don’t want the programme to end!” Linda has made friends within the group, and would recommend this programme to people with the same conditions. See your Doctor or Practice Nurse to be referred to a programme near you.

Linda is feeling so much better, she is looking forward to continuing with exercise after the group finishes.

I thank all our volunteers for their support at our Better Breathing Pulmonary Rehab programmes throughout Christchurch and Ashburton, you all do amazing work.

Irene Allen, Volunteer Coordinator

Linda's story first published in The Windmill by Canterbury Clinical Network and Canterbury Better Breathing Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme. 

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