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About Carol Ann

From 1984, when I quit smoking 3-4 packs a day, to 2019, my joy in life was taking aerobic dance classes and later choreographed kickboxing classes to music 2-3 times a week at the local gym. This love of movement to music started as a 5-year-old child when I took ballet and toe dancing. But in 2019, after 35 years of intense group exercise to pop music, it all came to a grinding halt when I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy resulting from compression of the spinal cord in my neck. This diagnosis resulted in cervical spine decompression surgery and the fusion of five neck vertebrae.

Carol Ann on Exercise Bike at Physical Therapy

Today, my major exercise is walking 1.5 miles a day, five days a week, on a treadmill in my living room.

I was a heavy smoker for 16 years, starting first thing in the morning and smoking throughout the day until the last cigarette at night in bed. Ultimately, I had to quit because it was causing me debilitating anxiety. I was constantly worried about contracting cancer; oral, throat, or lung. Finally, on my fourth serious attempt to quit smoking, I was successful.

Years later, I had breathing difficulties and participated in a hospital study for patients with lengthy smoking histories. The Low Dose Chest CT Cancer Screening used by the study found three lung nodules! I thought I was going to die of lung cancer. The study followed the nodules for five years. Fortunately, they did not grow in size.

This health scare led to my following participation in the San Francisco Lung Force Walks sponsored by the American Lung Association:

  • Project Leader for Team Oracle at the San Francisco Lung Force Walk for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • Chairwoman of the 2018 San Francisco Lung Force Walk.
  • Lung Force Hero for 2017 San Francisco Lung Force Walk.

As the Lung Force Hero at the 2017 San Francisco Lung Force Walk, I gave the following speech to the walk participants:

2017 Lung Force Hero Speech

A photograph is a poem within a picture. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too an image is in the eye of the photographer. The following four photos were taken using the telephoto lens on the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera:

Transmission Towers in Redwood City, California
Blueberries in Bowl
Shell on Beach

Iā€™m a veteran 12-stepper, HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), as well as a past participant in ASCA (Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) and Lifespring.