Posts Tagged COPD

World COPD Day: November 20, 2013

November 18th, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

We are just two days away from World COPD DayThe COPD Foundation is supporting the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to help raise global awareness on Nov. 20, 2013.  This is a prime opportunity for our community to come together in an effort to educate the masses about a disease that affects over 200 million individuals worldwide

Here are a few ways to get involved:

1. Tell your online networks about COPD Awareness Month by using #COPDAwareness on your social media pages:

  • Imagine breathing through a straw. That’s what it is like having COPD.  Learn how to protect yourself drive4copd.org. twitter#COPDAwareness
  • COPD kills more women than breast cancer and diabetes combined. Have trouble breathing? Go to drive4copd.org today. #COPDAwareness
  • World COPD Day is 11/20 – do you know about the third leading cause of death in the US? #COPDAwareness
  • Orange is the color of the movement to end COPD. RT if you or someone you know lives with this disease. @DRIVE4COPD #COPDAwareness
  • Repost if you or someone you know lives w/ COPD. Let’s find a cure for a disease that claims a life every 4 mins. #COPDAwareness 

Participate in the COPD Twitter chat on November 19 from 1-2 pm EST. We will be joined by representatives from the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign.  Use #COPD to join the conversation!

2. Go to DRIVE4COPD.org to join the COPD community and enter the NASCAR “Wave the Green Flag” Sweepstakes. You and a friend may win a trip to the DRIVE4COPD300 race at Daytona International Speedway!

cutout3.  Request a pad of Cure 4 COPD Pinwheel cutouts that can be sold at your office, school, cafeteria, etc. for $1-$5 and hang them with the donor’s name written on it. Pinwheel cutouts covering your wall will not only raise funds needed to work on the cure, but will remind everyone it is COPD Awareness Month.

E-mail FUNdraising@copdfoundation.org to make a request for a free pad of Cure 4 COPD Pinwheel cutouts.

        Visit the COPD ACTION CENTER.  All on one website you can:

  • Become a STATE ADVOCACY CAPTAIN (it’s really easy!)
  • Send pre-written ADVOCACY LETTERS to your representatives
  • Look up CONTACT INFORMATION for your local, state, and national representatives.
  • Sign up to RECEIVE ACTION ALERTS so you know when Congress is dealing with COPD legislation.
  • EMAIL YOUR FRIENDS about the Action Center.
  • FIND LOCAL NEWSPAPERS to write to about COPD.
  • Learn more about COPD LEGISLATION.
  • Learn how to EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE with members with tips on scheduling meetings, writing letters, or making phone calls

Go Orange for National COPD Awareness Month!

 

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.

Pennies for Penny

October 29th, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Nicole says her mom Penny was a fighter—someone who never let COPD get in her way.

“I never saw her suffer, or just laying in her bed. The day before my mother passed, we were watching a Browns football game together. She was wearing a Browns t-shirt and hat, and it was 14-0 [Browns were losing], fourth quarter. All she kept saying was, ‘the Browns still have a chance to win,’” Nicole recalls. “She was in such good spirits right up until her last days.”

After her mom passed away, Nicole felt as though she had to do something to honor her.

Nicole and Penny

Nicole and Penny

“My desire has always been to give back, and do something for people who had COPD. I saw how the disease took over my mother and I wanted to do something to support those [living with COPD],” Nicole says.

That’s where “Pennies for Penny” was born—out of Nicole’s desire to help others. She reached out to friends, family, and co-workers to garner feedback, and created her first fundraising tools, a Bingo game that features sayings from Penny, and a Penny trivia game. Nicole used these at her first fundraiser September 28th. She’s planning on hosting a second fundraiser, a pancake breakfast, during November—COPD Awareness Month.

In addition to hosting fundraisers, Nicole, who lives in Cleveland, OH, says she also set up a FirstGiving Page with the COPD Foundation, encouraging friends, family, co-workers, etc. to donate what they can.

“I want to do something all year-round. Cleveland Clinic is a big hospital here, and I’ve been thinking I’d eventually like to work at the pulmonary department there. I am looking to work in public health, once I complete school,” Nicole says. She’s currently majoring in business management as a local community college.

She says her mom loved to spend time with family, including Nicole’s children Butchie and Eleah, and made others so happy—so it’s nice to see others step up in memory of her.

“That’s why I want to go into public health to help people like my mom—I want to follow my vision and make it happen,” Nicole says. “I think anything starts off with a  vision. If you have the passion to do it, your vision will come to you.”

“I had no idea what to do when my mom passed. First, it was like, ‘she’s no longer here.’ After that, I thought, ‘let me do something to honor my mom,’” she says. “I miss so many things about her, but my love and compassion keeps me going.”

AARC Respiratory Care Week 2013

October 21st, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

This week marks the American Association for Respiratory (AARC)’s Respiratory Care Week.

The AARC and its members ask you to join them for this annual event that recognizes the respiratory care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices.

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This week, the AARC is asking you to:

  • Host activities to honor and reward respiratory therapists for their contributions
  • Encourage patients and their families in their battles against lung disease
  • Spread awareness of lung diseases such as COPD to the broader community
  • Build the desire in others to enter the respiratory care profession
  • Maximize personal and professional skills with new resources

We also remind you to take the time this week and thank your respiratory therapist for all the work they do to help the COPD community. 

For more information about Respiratory Care Week, click here.

Change Your Attitude

September 27th, 2013 | Author: Jim Nelson

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

Questions about Inhalers

September 11th, 2013 | Author: COPD Coach

Dear COPD Coach,

I have a question on taking medications. Read more…

COPD Foundation Blog Voted One of Healthline.com’s Best COPD Blogs!

August 23rd, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

We are excited and proud to announce that for the second year in a row Read more…

Pulmonary Rehab Helped Him Turn His Life Around

August 12th, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

At one time, Sylvester Catherman could barely walk 300 feet without having to sit down. Read more…

I’m Stuffed Up – What Should I Do?

August 1st, 2013 | Author: COPD Coach

Dear COPD Coach,

I have a real problem Read more…

Mind Over Matter

July 19th, 2013 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Kim Lynch says when she was diagnosed with COPD 10 years ago, Read more…