Growing up in Bolton, Massachusetts, Anna enjoyed a very active life. When she was 8 years old, she began experiencing difficulty breathing while playing soccer. Year after year, breathing became more and more difficult. What once used to limit her ability to compete in sports, soon limited her ability to function. By college, Anna’s struggle to breathe was daily and becoming more severe with hospitalizations every month.
Despite her declining health, Anna graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communication and Sociology.
Eventually diagnosed with a rare and progressive form of severe obstructive and restrictive pulmonary disease, the origin of which remains unknown. In her quest to simply breathe, Anna has researched and explored countless respiratory and holistic therapies over the last few decades. Life has been about survival. Managing her illness has become her full-time job. She has traveled all over the country and to Europe seeking answers and relief. A bilateral lung transplant is now her best option.
June 1, 2021
Anna I was thinking of you today and hoped to see how you were. It’s been years, but you came to mind and I hope all worked out beautifully for you. Love and prayers to you ❤️ Danna
December 21, 2018
I admire your courage, please be brave, your path will not be easy, despite the cheers of so many.
December 2, 2016
NGS for life! We love you, Anna. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
November 11, 2012
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jill Denver Encinitas