Hello fellow travellers.
My name is Barbara Farrelly.
I am 57.
I live in a tiny fishing village on the east coast of Australia with Stage IV COPD. (There is no stage V).
I have been living with serious lung disease for 15 years — one of the millions who are, or will be, affected by emphysema. But I did start down this path awfully young and I’ve learnt a lot. I want to share that experience, strength and hope with others in the same boat.
I wear a nose-hose and consider oxygen to be performance enhancing and life preserving.
Woo Hoo! (Imagine all the coal miners who never had O2).
I am a seeker. A stargazer. Passionate about food and concerned for all creatures, great and small.
I love books, films, TV and, when I can get there, the theatre and concerts. I follow world events with an equal measure of horror and optimism.
Gardening. Cryptic Crosswords. Cats, and *Gongoozling are some of my favourite things.
Welcome to The Departure Lounge.
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*Gongoozle is a lost word, meaning to stare idly at the ocean, or any watercourse.