July 28, 2016

Pauline Mohi

Pauline Mohi

Pauline

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Pauline Mohi, 72, lives with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a lung condition that causes shortness of breath and coughing. While every day tasks can be a struggle (e.g. making the bed), she does not let her condition stop her from living a full life.

Pauline was a 2016 Respiratory Achievers Award Winner, presented at the NZ Respiratory Awards in April. Community Respiratory Nurse Louise Weatherall says Pauline “not only actively manages her COPD, but also plays an active role in influencing respiratory health programmes in Canterbury, and supporting others with the condition”. 

Pauline is Chair of the Canterbury Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Consumer Group, a group dedicated to supporting people with respiratory conditions and influencing respiratory health services in Canterbury. She regularly shares her story at pulmonary rehabilitation programmes and is known to keep in regular contact with programme participants to ensure they feel supported and encouraged to continue.

Pauline doesn’t think she could have survived without exercising frequently. In addition to frequent walks and spins on her exercycle, Pauline uses her lungs in a variety of activities each week, including;

  • Monday: Tai Chi (1 hr)
  • Tuesday: Respiratory Relief exercise group (1 hr)
  • Wednesday: Walk and Talk group (1hr)
  • Thursday: Eastcare Gym exercise group (1hr)
  • Sunday: Kapatone Community Orchard (1-2hrs)
Pauline says, “I have proved to myself and others that I must exercise to keep COPD at bay”

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