Teri Kingston

Caregiver and Ottawa PH Support Group Co-Leader, Ottawa, Ontario 

teri_2.JPGI was fifty years old when I married the man of my dreams. Harry and I had no illusions at that age of reaching our fiftieth anniversary, but often joked about looking forward to at least thirty good, golden years of marriage. All of that changed when my husband was diagnosed in November 2012 with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As a speaker and a speaking coach, I am trained to zoom in on life's defining moments to create the powerful stories that connect audiences and move people to action. Now, I found myself in a story neither of us ever wanted. The caregiver role tugs on the heart in so many ways. We don't suffer the physical ailments of patients, but we suffer from watching those we love struggle with all that PH throws at them on a daily basis. My way of coping is to reach into my professional toolkit and commit to putting my speaking and coaching skills to work on behalf of all members of the PH community through advocacy. Learning to tell my PH story and helping our members tell theirs effectively to their medical teams and their families and friends is one way I can add my voice and amplify awareness throughout Canada. I am very proud to be part of this team.

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