by Liz Mahoney
Her name was Gail. She was a scleroderma patient who was also diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Gail had successfully run a scleroderma support group near her home for several years. She began asking me, as the "advocate" from Olsten Health Services (as we were called then) to start a PH support group in the Boston area.
I thought to myself, I've no idea how to do this! Gail reassured me all we needed was a room, and some snacks and the rest would take care of itself.
I made arrangements with one of the PH treatment hospitals in Boston to reserve a meeting room for us. Flyers were sent out, the food was ordered and the rest, as they say, was history.
From that first meeting on a cold night in December way back in 1998, Gail's vision of a PH Support group in Boston has grown into support groups in each of the 6 New England states and one specifically for parents whose kids have PH.
Gail didn't get to see all the success of her "nudging" me 7 years ago, but I am certain things would have been so different had she not been so passionate about getting a group together.
Thanks Gail for being a "nudge".