Being diagnosed with COPD doesn’t mean you have to spend your life on the sidelines. Just ask cyclist Mark Junge. He’s lived with COPD for more than a decade—but hasn’t let it stop him from conquering the world on two wheels.
After being told in 2003 he had COPD, “I was sitting in the recliner with my remote thinking, Is this what I’m going to make of my life?“ says 72-year-old Junge. Knowing he’d feel happier and healthier if he were active, Junge began spending hours at the local YMCA on a stationary bike. Then, he got the idea to ride across the country. “I decided yes, I can do this,” he says.