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    We are taking time to highlight our amazing Support Group Leaders! 

    Bonnie Borresen
    North Carolina Support Group

    In 2011 I attended a wedding in Denver. The bride just happened to work at National Jewish Hospital. She encouraged me to go there for help with my Bronchiectasis. I’d never heard of NJH in Denver but I went there & was told:
    “You have NTM lung disease - Abscessus. There is no cure." Like many fellow patients, I felt shocked, scared, and alone.
     
    As soon as I heard about NTMir I went to the first conference I could. It was in Philadelphia and there I met founders Fern, Philip, and Amy Leitman. I learned a lot from them & the speakers. I met other patients like myself. It was a fantastic empowering experience, and it changed my life.
     
    It really is phenomenal how much NTMir has grown & evolved in such a relatively short time and how much they have done and continue to do for NTM patients. Facilitating the creation of many support groups under their umbrella is just one example.


    What does the NTM Support Group mean to you?

    A support group to me is a way to grow. It’s a way to share, in a safe environment - information, understanding, compassion, solidarity, strength, and hope.  
     
    I feel fortunate & proud to be a part of NTMir as a patient and happy for the opportunity to be a new support group leader.  I am beyond grateful to the founders, the staff, and team.

    Thank You NTMir.


    Bonnie Borresen

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