Charlotte Palumbo, a
Feldenkrais Practitioner, a mother, a wife, a friend, aged 59 passed away
July 5th, 2002.
So why is she on this Buteyko website?
Because Charlotte, outside of Buteyko Practitioners, was at the very least
one of Buteyko's strongest proponents in the United States.
I was first contacted
by Charlotte in September 2000. She had read about Buteyko and wanted to
know more. She took the course.
She didn't have asthma. She snored. She was happy when her snoring diminished
and disappeared. She was really happy when her (unbeknownst to me at that
time) hyperventilation attacks went, when her digestive problems improved.
She had more energy. She could run up the stairs to the El without getting
winded. She felt better. She slept better. Better than she had in years.
And she started talking about Buteyko. She asked me to come to Chicago to
teach a class. She hounded her friends, she posted information on the Feldenkrais
bulletin board. She talked to her clients, to total strangers on the street,
in buses, on the El.
She thought endlessly
about breathing. Buteyko made sense to her and she wanted to understand
it all. She pounded me with questions. She argued with me. She called me
with 'great ideas'. She sometimes drove me nuts! And she told anyone who
would listen (and even those who wouldn't) to close their mouths and breathe
through their noses. She wanted to be a practitioner and planned to coordinate
the training in Chicago this August.
I went to see Charlotte
after she died, to tell her good bye, and how much I'll miss her. I wish
I had told her more while she was alive.
She was a dedicated worker for Buteyko, a devoted mother, the Rock of Gibralter
for her family and friends.
Most of us didn't even
know she was sick until near the end. She didn't tell people. And when she
did, they came. They came by the hundreds, because they all knew what a
special person she was and how much she cared and had done for them.
We will all miss her