Debbie Breslawsky was diagnosed with NTM in 2000. Being faced with a lack of knowledge of this “mysterious condition,” her quest for information led her to find patients with this same condition. She established her first NTM support group in New York in 2003, which has grown exponentially since then. In 2012, she founded a support group in the Palm Springs area of California, and in 2013, another in Connecticut. It is her mission to support NTM patients by providing information and encouragement.
Debbie is a National Trustee of National Jewish Health and serves on the board of NTM Info & Research, the national organization advocating for patients by providing information and supporting research, among other endeavors. She was one of the originators of the NTM patient conference series at National Jewish Health, and has written an NTM manual for use by patients and physicians. It is her hope that her participation on the board of NTMir will help her mission of advocacy for the challenges facing NTM patients.
Her interests include golf, hiking, and travel, and she values time with her family, husband Marc, her two children and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. She is grateful to have overcome many of the difficulties of NTM, enabling her to enjoy an excellent quality of life.