Pulmonary Hypertension Association support group meetings will remain virtual through the end of the year. The decision was influenced by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and PHA’s Board of Trustees, Scientific Leadership Council and Support Group Leader Advisory Board.
Helina Ofori has been her mother’s caregiver for more than 10 years. As she started taking her mom to appointments, help with housekeeping and advocate for her, she also got involved in Pat Ofori’s pulmonary hypertension support group. Today, they lead the group together.
Share your strength and empathy with other members of the pulmonary hypertension community. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) needs compassionate volunteers to take calls on its support line, an invaluable service PHA has provided since 1995.
After attending the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions in 2018, Janessa Curnow decided to become a PHA support group leader and started one in her hometown. Today Janessa leads a telephone support group for young adults with PH.
Your support group participation might improve your life more than you realize. A recently published study shows that support groups improve meaningful health-related outcomes, such as self-care, pulmonary hypertension symptom management, medication adherence and understanding related medical procedures.
Gwendolyn Brown has lived with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) for more than 40 years. She has survived a heart attack, three strokes and 11 mini strokes. She leads the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s Cleveland Community Support Group and is a minister at Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ.
Krista Cummings, of Richmond, Virginia, remembers her fear and feelings of helpless after her 2009 idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension diagnosis. So she volunteers as a Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) support group leader and Email PHriend.
Essential social support during the COVID-19 pandemic is possible thanks to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)’s eight Facebook groups. Pam Kehoe of Wisconsin, who joined the CTEPH group after her diagnosis, shares how the group provides her with a supportive space to exchange stories, news and concerns.
By Alicia Kubes Being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH) in February 2018 and starting intravenous therapy was a complete shock. I had no idea this disease existed and that there were people out there walking around connected to pumps. When I attended the 2018 Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions,