Lisa Burkhart

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Methods to Alleviate Cramping for COPD Patients

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Sep 19, 2017 6:55:21 AM

Many COPD patients experience painful cramping. These cramps can occur at any time but most often they happen at night while sleeping or after sitting still for an extended period. Patients have reported that these cramps affect the rib cage area, and often the hands, legs, and feet. These cramps can be extremely painful and doctors have been unable to find specific reasons for them.

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Topics: COPD, helpful hints

Stay Motivated to Keep Your Fitness Resolutions

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Feb 22, 2017 2:30:00 PM

At the beginning of the year millions make a commitment to stick to a fitness regimen. By the time February rolls around less than half are still working at their fitness goals.

And when diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it's vital to your overall health that you stick to your fitness goals and exercise regularly.

Hopefully you have worked with your physician or respiratory therapist to come up with a fitness plan and these are some strategies to help you stick to the plan throughout the year. February is also heart health month so keep that blood pumping!

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Topics: Exercise

Share Your COPD Story: Jerry Few

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jan 4, 2017 2:33:50 PM

Coal and coal mining has had a long and storied history both here in the US and abroad. Coal has been continuously used as a source of heat and fuel since antiquity.

The Romans excavated surface coal deposits as early as the 2nd century A.D. and there is even some evidence that cave people burned coal as a means of heat.

In this country, the Hopi used coal for heat and cooking as far back as the 1300’s. Commercial coal mining began in the early 18th century on the Atlantic seaboard and eventually spread east into the Appalachians and across the west.

Today, you will hear a story unlike anyother we have published! Jerry Few shares his story with both COPD and the black lung.

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Topics: Share Your Story

Tax Deductible Oxygen Expenses

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Feb 26, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Tax time is upon us again. It seems that tax burden is going up every year and refunds area getting smaller and smaller. But, according to the IRS, a large percentage of allowable deductions go unclaimed every year. If you feel like a little light reading before bed time you can review the 2015 US tax code to make sure you’re getting everything you are entitled to. It’s only 74,608 pages! IRS Section 502 which pertains to medical deductions is only 27 pages but we’ve hit some of the highlights here for you so you can ask your tax professional about them. These numbers change over time but generally speaking you should be able to write off 20% of medical expenses over $2120 if your taxable income is $84,000 or less.

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Topics: COPD

Ringing in the New Year with a Toast is Beneficial to Your Health

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Jan 1, 2016 11:37:05 AM


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Topics: COPD

Leonard Nimoy's Daughter Julie Shares Her Story

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Dec 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Some say that even quitting heroin is easier than quitting smoking. Back in the 50’s and 60’s no one knew the dangers of smoking, and there were even some ads that touted smoking as a healthy practice. It was during this era of misinformation that Leonard lit his first cigarette leading to a decades long habit. He did end up kicking that addiction but 30 years later it became evident that the damage had been done and he was diagnosed with COPD.

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Topics: COPD, portable oxygen concentrators, AirSep Focus, Share Your Story

Boost Your Immune System To Avoid Exacerbation

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Nov 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

What starts off as a simple cold or even mild flu can land a person with COPD in the hospital and can take months to recover from.  Stay healthy this cold and flu season by giving your immune system health a boost!  Not only will your chance of getting sick go down, you’ll have more vitality and feel better in general.

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Topics: COPD, oxygen therapy, immune system,, healthy eating

Share Your Story Haley Zickafoose part 2

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Oct 29, 2015 11:39:05 AM

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Topics: traveling with oxygen, traveling with a portable oxygen concentrator, portable oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen, SeQual, ILD, Share Your Story

Share Your Story Molly Danehy

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Oct 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We had the pleasure of meeting Molly Danehy over the phone several weeks ago. She started her own fundraising campaign trying to raise money for an oxygen concentrator and for other medical bills. Molly is 34 and suffers from cystic fibrosis. 

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Topics: portable oxygen concentrators, SeQual, Cystic Fibrosis, Share Your Story

Need For Oxygen Doesn't Stop Summer Camp Fun

Posted by Lisa Burkhart on Aug 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM


The crackle of a fire or the smell of s’mores, trigger distant memories of summer camp for the many of us.  Learning to sew a leather coin purse, paddle a canoe with the skill of Pocahontas, and finding your way by the sun are summer rites of passage. Unfortunately, going to camp can be hard or impossible for a child with health challenges. Luckily there is a very special camp that specializes in ensuring that all kids, no matter their challenges or conditions, can make summer camp memories too.

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Topics: Respiratory Disease, Respironics, Surfactant Protein C Deficiency, ILD