Author Archives: Colleen Steele

30 Days of PH: Staying Positive With PH

Day 4 of 30 Days of PH⁣ Topic: Staying Positive With PH ⁣ This is Kathleen’s story @irishkathg  I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in May 2009. I was prescribed two oral medications but as the months passed, I got increasingly tired and short of breath. By…

30 Days of PH: Life Lessons From Charlie Brown

Day 3 of 30 Days of PH⁣ Topic: Life Lessons From Charlie Brown This is Brian’s story @zipptang Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, penned this conversation between Linus and Charlie Brown. Linus: Nothing goes on forever.

30 Days to Be Thankful and Aware

November is a special month for many. It is a time to gather with friends and family, and share a meal, memories, current events, and hope for the future. Now is the season for reflecting on our lives and being mindful of what we have to be thankful for. Feeling…

30 Days of PH: Hidden Blessings

Day 2 of 30 Days of PH⁣ Topic: Hidden Blessings My name is Dawn. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in April 2018. It took a little over 3 years to get the diagnosis of PH. I had so many tests over those 3+ years…

30 Days of PH: Planning for the Future

Day 1 of 30 Days of PH⁣ Topic: Planning for the Future ⁣ This is Hannah’s story @hrolsn   I’ve always been a planner; I dream about the future, I make lists, I research all my options and then I make it happen. At 19 years…

Take Care of the Aging Caregiver

Why do some people look younger the older they get? Not me! I turned 49 yesterday, but the woman in the mirror looks much older. I recently read an article that compared pictures of U.S. presidents from the year they were sworn in to the year they left the…

Maintaining a Healthy Relationship Between Doctor and Patient

One-sided relationships are unhealthy, so why have one with your doctor? It’s important for both patient and doctor to be committed to establishing an open, honest, and respectful rapport. From pediatric care to adult care, I have guided and encouraged my own son to initiate healthy bonds with his medical…

Creating Your Own Recipe for Lemonade

When my son Cullen was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH), my husband and I would have gone to the ends of the earth to help him fight it. When asked if we would be willing to drive from our home in Washington state to California to seek care and treatment…

Creating Space Between Peace and Anxiety

Have you ever nodded off at an inappropriate time? For a moment, your body gives in to fatigue. Your heavy eyelids begin to droop, and you start to ease into a peaceful slumber. It’s all going well until you are jolted awake by the force of your head dropping like…