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Share Your Story: Linda Regis

Posted by Eden Coleman on Mar 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM

We have yet another exciting and helpful personal story of what it's like to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Today we hear Linda Regis' COPD story, who once lived a pretty normal and fast paced lifestyle. Up until Linda's COPD diagnosis she worked a typical 8-5 job, spent time with friends and family, and loved to enjoy the great outdoors by camping, fishing, or doing yard work. Her fast paced lifestyle is what made a family friend give her the nickname "rabbit".   

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9 Mucus Clearing Techniques for COPD Patients

Posted by Eden Coleman on Mar 4, 2016 3:41:10 PM

As a patient diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you are faced with a variety of symptoms.

These range from shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, wheezing, chronic cough, chest tightness, and excessive mucus (phlegm) production to name a few.

You may not experience all of them but for a large portion of patients, they are faced with an excessive amount of airway blocking mucus production.

Excess and thick mucus (sputum, secretions, phlegm) in your lungs can lead to increased levels of shortness of breath (breathlessness) and higher chances of developing a disease worsening lung infection such as pneumonia.

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Topics: COPD

The Official Guide to COPD Nutrition

Posted by Eden Coleman on Feb 18, 2016 1:05:00 PM

Exercise, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, and support groups are important factors for properly managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and each play a vital part in minimizing the overall severity of your COPD symptoms. Proper nutrition should not be forgotten.

As a patient with COPD it's important to realize that due to the increased workload COPD puts on your lungs and body, your body can require up to 10 times the daily caloric intake than that of a healthy person to supplement the increased energy demand. COPD often leads to many patients becoming malnourished and underweight due to a lack of appetite. COPD results in additional health complications and even the development of new or worsening COPD symptoms (flare ups). 

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Topics: COPD

Share Your Story: Walt Krail

Posted by Eden Coleman on Feb 5, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Living with a chronic respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is certainly no walk in the park. Which is demonstrated today in Walt Krail's story with COPD. Once a self employed plummer, Walt's life was drastically changed upon being diagnosed with COPD. Learn how Walt has adjusted his life post diagnosis in order to properly manage his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Carol Shares Her Story About Decades of Misdiagnosis

Posted by Eden Coleman on Feb 3, 2016 10:09:24 AM

Often COPD is regarded as a “smoker’s disease”, with most of the population believing that those with COPD knowingly engaged in risky behavior that resulted in their illness. It’s not just the general population that holds this belief, it is often physicians as well. It’s this problem that led to our next Share Your Story participant, Carol Anderson, to have undiagnosed COPD for more than a decade even after visiting 15 to 20 different doctors.

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Share Your Story: Kathy

Posted by Eden Coleman on Jan 12, 2016 2:18:37 PM

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Share Your Story: Joy Mckinnon

Posted by Eden Coleman on Jan 1, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Struggling to cope with your recently diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? See how Joy is able to take control of the management of her COPD in the latest addition to our share your story segment. The personal advice that Joy provides can be adapted and implemented into your personal life! A diagnosis of COPD is certainly no easy pill to swallow, but advice from a patient provides a unique perspective into life with COPD that doctors simply cannot. 

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Respironics SimplyGo Mini: What You Need to Know

Posted by Eden Coleman on Dec 1, 2015 2:10:18 PM

Introducing the pulse flow Respironics SimplyGo Mini, the latest installment to Respironics already quality line of portable oxygen concentrators. Unlike the larger cart based SimplyGo, the SimplyGo Mini is half the weight at 5 pounds so you can more easily carry the SimplyGo Mini in its durable carrying case or the additional cost backpack for hands free operation. Featuring a colored and touch-screen responsive control panel, the SimplyGo Mini is both easy and enjoyable to operate. Offering pulse flow settings of 1-5, the SimplyGo Mini is a feature packed POC with a minimal learning curve. Learn how this lightweight POC will improve your oxygen therapy treatment.

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators

Atmotube: The Portable & Quick-Witted Air Pollution Monitor

Posted by Eden Coleman on Nov 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you are well aware of the impacts indoor and outdoor air quality can have on your respiratory symptoms. Until now the most effective method for checking the air quality was through the daily Air Quality Index (AQI). Which only shows the air quality outside but what about your home, office, or shopping mall? Atmotube now allows you to take a personalized air quality reader with you wherever you go. Atmotube pollution monitor is battery powered and lets you know in real time if the air you're breathing is toxic, as well as what contaminants are present in the air. 

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Topics: COPD

Share Your Story: Frank Rasler (ER Physician)

Posted by Eden Coleman on Nov 9, 2015 3:00:00 PM


Today we have a different perspective on our Share Your Story segment. Frank Rasler shares his experiences with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from 30+ years as an emergency room physician. Typically we hear personal COPD experiences from patients, however hearing how an ER physician experiences COPD and what he thinks of the disease will provide further insight and education into the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States to help you improve your lifestyle quality.
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