COPD

Elizabeth Santeramo

Elizabeth Santeramo

Five years ago, Elizabeth’s father asked her to move back home – not to assist with his emphysema and COPD – but to care for her diabetic mother whose sugar was affected by the loss of her parents within 11 months of each other. She went back to help her mom and decided to stay to help both parents, especially as her father’s COPD worsened with each cigarette.

For the past 20 years, Elizabeth has worked as a professional writer and project manager spanning New York City Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani to Wall Street firms to health care settings at the American Heart Association and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, to consumer goods at Benjamin Moore. Most recently, Elizabeth’s freelance work includes Scholastic, Inc., Parent & Child Magazine, and Nielsen, Inc.  

Elizabeth’s work has appeared in The County Woman Magazine, TheFix.com, TheAlternativePress.com, NJ.com, MyVeronaNJ.com, The Montclair Times, Verona Observer, The Verona-Cedar Grove Times, and The Observer (Northern NJ). Her personal essays have appeared on Petside.com (NBC.com/ivillage) and xoJane.com. She has been featured on ABC-TV, WPIX-11, Univision, Telemundo, Verona TV, Montclair TV, WCBS-FM 101.1, Radio MARIA AM, Radio WADO 1280AM, VeronaPatch.com, Baristanet.com, and Bella NYC Magazine.

For the past 30 years, she has been of service to her community, advocating on behalf of women, families and most notably, helping teenagers through difficult life situations, especially when affected by a loved one’s alcoholism or addiction. Currently, she is writing a non-fiction book for young adults.

A native New Yorker, she now lives in Verona, New Jersey with her parents. Despite the diabetes and the COPD at home, she is entertained on the good days by her parents’ good sense of humor and quirkiness. Also, her father’s imaginary pet parrot, Lola la Lora, makes everyone giggle, if at least for a moment or two.

Follow Liz's story on Twitter: @lizunga

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