This blog post was written by COPD Foundation founder and president, John Walsh.
Did you know COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.?
Odds are you already know that if you’re a fan of our blog, Facebook Page, or have read some of our educational materials.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know that fact. And a lot of those people—12 million or so—don’t know they have COPD.
It’s daunting to even think about it, isn’t it? We’re the lucky few who’ve been diagnosed, and are working to take back our lives by developing relationships with our doctors, getting the right tests and prescriptions, and living healthier lives.
But there are literally millions out there who are struggling every day. Millions are living with shortness of breath, chronic coughing, and fatigue, being treated for the wrong disease, and thinking that there is no remedy to their discomfort.
Just think of what life was like before you were diagnosed, before you knew what was really going on.
Would you want to be where you were before? Before knowing? Before getting treatments and therapy to help you breathe better?
I know I don’t.
And our community doesn’t.
Our community has come together to help find those missing millions, and help lead them to a better quality of life.
We’ve come together to offer free screenings and educational events to help those of us who still haven’t been diagnosed, or are starting off on the path to better living.
As a community, we’ve come together to speak with legislators about the need for more government support of research to find a cure.
Our community has already made a difference, but there is still a lot of work to do.
This is going to be the first of many blog posts to come where I’ll share stories with you about our fight against COPD. In turn, I hope we can begin a dialogue, and start talking—peer to peer—about what we can do, you and I, to turn this around.
So, I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, and take a seat. Let’s talk.