Gigi Hinds of Ellicott City, Maryland, is a program manager for a large defense contractor. She and her husband Craig have three children and three “grand puppies.” They are expecting their first grandchild in November. Gigi was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in 2015.
By Gigi Hinds
I started volunteering for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Support Line two years ago as a way to help others. I believe, “Trust God and do good.”
I chose PHA because I have personally benefited from its monthly telephone support groups. I was so inspired by my first leader who has since lost her fight with PH. She had a positive attitude and zest for life until the very end.
The support line was a good option for me to volunteer. Since my PAH diagnosis, my vision has deteriorated to the point where I am now legally blind. Volunteering with the support line has been extremely rewarding. I have connected with many wonderful people.
The most rewarding part of being a PHA advocate is making a difference in PH patients’ lives. Hearing someone say, “You have made me feel better” at the end of a conversation is exactly what makes me want to go on with my efforts.
Some folks have called back and asked to speak to me again. During the past couple of years, I have made some long-lasting friends. I am most proud that I can be part of an organization that works so hard for their patients. PHA is an outstanding organization that advocates for PH patients.
I am inspired by my mom, who passed in January at age 96. She was my hero. She put a smile on others’ faces until the last hours of her life.
I want to be able to do that for others. If I can make someone feel better, smile or worry a little less, then then my job will be a success. Letting others know that they are not alone makes such a difference.