Posts Tagged COPD education

Make Your Ripple

March 24th, 2014 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Despite being the third leading cause of death in the U.S., COPD is still unknown to many people. Bhavya Malladi and her grandfather, Evani RJ Rao, were among those people when he was diagnosed with COPD in October 2012. Upon his diagnosis, the lack of awareness and knowledge of such a devastating disease shocked Bhavya. She has since made it her mission to educate people around her so that no one else she loved would have to suffer the way her grandfather is.

Evani, 70, spent his life working as a hydro-geologist in India, and was exposed to dust from open field drilling. Although he quit smoking at the age of 53, Bhavya attributes the toxic fumes from his job and 20 years of smoking to her grandfather’s diagnosis. Within a year of being diagnosed, his condition drastically worsened. As she lives in California, and her grandfather lives in India, long phone calls with him have unfortunately become a thing of the past, because simply talking for a long period of time is too exhausting for him.54294429-58e7-4663-a573-6dd5ac829dd3

A fond memory she holds of Evani are long walks with him and her brother to a local candy store in India where they would buy their favorite chocolates and candies. They would walk back home while listening to him tell stories of India. As the years have progressed, this tradition has become impossible for Evani.

Seeing this debilitating disease progress so rapidly, Bhavya began to ask herself, “Why is it still so unfamiliar to people?” Bhavya has decided to honor her grandfather by making a difference.

“Never underestimate the difference you can make. Remember, even a tiny drop can make ripples,” she says.

When her Rangapravesam, an Indian classical solo dance debut, approached, she decided to make a ripple. (Bhavya has been learning an Indian Classical dance form called Kuchipudi since she’s been five. Rangapravesam is an event when the teacher introduces the student to a bigger audience. This event is a student’s solo repertoire two hours long, with a live orchestra.)

In lieu of flowers and gifts for her performance, she asked her guests to donate to the COPD Foundation through her online fundraising page on FirstGiving. She included a small pamphlet in her invitations, and also set up an information booth with COPD brochures for the 500+ attendees. This was her opportunity to spread awareness in her own way.

Bhavya’s ultimate goal is “to spread the word about this disease, so people know about it and take care of it in its early stages,” something they could not do for her grandfather.

To date, she has raised $3,428 for the COPD Foundation’s efforts to spread awareness, educate members of the community, and to one day find a cure.

You too can do your part and make your ripple. Contact the COPD Foundation to find out how you can set up your own Firstgiving fundraising page and make a difference just like Bhavya continues to do.

Please call 1-866-316-2673 or visit: www.COPDFoundation.org for more information.

What is COPD? Share Your COPD Knowledge

March 17th, 2014 | Author: Katelyn Turner

You know the stats:

  • COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • 24 million Americans have COPD
  • 12 million Americans remain undiagnosed
  • COPD takes 1 life every 4 minutes

We’ve taken the stats you know about COPD, and put them into an easy-to-understand video, intended to encourage individuals to get their lung health tested through our 5-question Risk Screener.

We ask that you share this video with your colleagues, friends, caregivers, spouses, family members, neighbors–anyone you think it would help. Education is key to the management and treatment of COPD.

To learn more, please visit the COPD Foundation website, or call the C.O.P.D. Information Line at (866) 316-COPD (2673).

COPD and Women

November 5th, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

As you know, November is COPD Awareness Month–time to call attention to the third leading cause of death in the U.S. COPD is an umbrella term that describes progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

For women in particular, COPD is an increasing problem.

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Some stats:

  • 6.7% of adult women have COPD, compared to 5.2% of men
  • COPD killed 7,000 more women than men in 2010, the 10th consecutive year that COPD has killed more women than men
  • COPD kills more women every year than breast cancer and diabetes combined
  • Women who smoke are 13 times as likely to die from COPD
  • In 2011, there were over 492,000 hospitalizations for women with COPD

This month, the COPD Foundation has teamed up with HealthyWomen.org to spread awareness and education about this disease.

Read an editorial by COPD Foundation president and co-founder John W. Walsh on their website, discussing women and COPD.

To subscribe to their newsletter, please click here.

If you want to get involved, or host an event this month, please contact us and we can get you started! Education is the key to preventing, managing, and living with COPD—for both women and men.

Change Your Attitude

September 27th, 2013 | Author: Jim Nelson

This blog post was written by Jim Nelson, an individual living with COPD. Read more…

COPD Big Fat Reference Guide!

March 6th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Good health is more than just the lack of disease. Read more…

What is COPD?

February 24th, 2012 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Sandra G. Adams, MD, MS who received the Distinguished Scholar Read more…

A Call to Action!

January 17th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Read more…

COPD Awareness Night Follow-Up

August 26th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

As the lady walked down the steel steps to the parking lot, she was visibly shaken. Read more…

Doing His Part to Spread COPD Awareness

May 20th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Michael Riser was diagnosed with COPD in 1995, and says Read more…

Helping Others Helps Herself

April 8th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Katherine Labrie, a volunteer on the C.O.P.D. Information Line, says when she found out she couldn’t work anymore, she felt it was still important to give back. Read more…