Romina’s rooftop Pilates classes and cooking videos caught my attention on Instagram. She is clearly a woman with an eye for detail whether flawlessly moving through a Pilates routine or baking tasty treats for her family.
Read her story and check out her Instagram page. I am sure you will feel the same way.
“Four years ago, my husband, two young children and I relocated from Buenos Aires to Dubai. I am an accountant but decided that raising my children in a new country and working full-time would be too stressful. Instead, I became a Pilates instructor so I could have a career doing something I love and a flexible schedule for my family.
Most importantly, I need time to take care of my health. I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis when I was 23 years old and now have 50% lung function. Pilates is incredibly helpful in keeping my body strong and in clearing my airways. The movement and calming nature of Pilates have been critical to my good health.
I also enjoy cooking nutritious meals and desserts. I frequently post my creations on Instagram at @rominascazzuso so that others can see that simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference to one’s well-being.
My holistic approach to managing bronchiectasis has been effective. I went from annual hospitalizations to only being hospitalized once in eight years. However, Dubai does present challenges. There is a lot of dust in the air and the temperatures are extreme. Knowing how important it is for me to walk, I started a walking club at a mall. We walk for 40 minutes and then go to a coffee shop to socialize.
I am fortunate to have a supportive husband who steps in to encourage me whenever necessary. There is so much I want to do and see with my family while living in this exotic country and culture. Daily movement, stress reduction and healthy cooking are what allow me to enjoy life. I look forward to seeing what the future holds!”
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Linda Cooper Esposito, MPH is a health educator with bronchiectasis. She developed the BE CLEAR Method to Living with Bronchiectasis and writes with compassion and humor about this chronic lung disease.