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By John Bottrell, RRT - July 21, 2016
...only have access to all the latest wisdom about your disease, but you’ll learn right away when new medicinal options become available. You will also meet other people living with it just like you, along with experts offering tips and advice, to provide you the support you need to cope. Join a pulmonary rehabilitation program. I cannot say enough about pulmonary rehabilitation programs, as there are many benefits to them. Pretty much, this...

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By LB - December 8, 2015
...revalence of these challenges only ¼ hire outside help. It’s easy for loved ones to think “if they need help, they’ll ask,” but that is often easier said than done. Advice to friends and family: When in doubt, offer to help! Tips and Tricks: Most of the individuals surveyed agree that moderation is key. Here are some additional tips and tricks that have been used and suggested by the community: • Try not to bite off more than you can chew • Make...

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By Editorial Team - August 5, 2016
...is upon us and it’s time to gear up against it. We asked you in the community for your feedback on how you fight the heat and humidity of summer, and we received great responses! Ultimately, there were some common trends and tips shared by many of you, that may prove to be helpful if you’re still fighting an uphill battle with these warmer months. Planning Ahead “I try to do anything outdoors in the morning, then spend the day in the air...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - December 18, 2015
Purchasing gifts for the holidays can be overwhelming for a healthy person. Add COPD to the mix, and you have a really big shiny ball of… stress! So how do you eliminate the stress. Here are a few tips. 1. Start shopping early. My mom had a skill that I have yet to master. She would shop for Christmas all year long. If she found something that was perfect for someone, she would buy it and put it up until it was time to wrap gifts to place...

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By Michelle Vincent - August 18, 2016
...ing all the time (I was). Then I found websites and Facebook groups like COPD.net. What a blessing. Now I could talk (I mean complain) about my health to others who were going through it too. I read many helpful articles and tips from experts. I feel part of a community which is good for the soul. Know that: You Are Not Alone. Be Easy on Yourself I’ve saved the most important for last. Be gentle to yourself. Forgive yourself when you...

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By Stephanie Huston - June 30, 2015
...your doctor? Well, it’s certainly a two-way street, and the recent drive toward patient-centric medicine within the professional community will hopefully improve physician interaction. But for those with COPD, here are a few tips to have a more beneficial relationship with your doctor: Make a list. Before your appointment, make a list of the topics/questions you want to address with your physician. This is obviously easier said than done since...

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By Editorial Team - June 9, 2016
...that are worse than others, how is it even possible to engage in physical activity without feeling hopeless, frustrated, or weak? The task can seem scary or impossible at times. So we asked you in the Facebook community what tips or strategies you have for staying active with COPD! These were your thoughts: Enlist Help While staying active with COPD is about knowing one’s bodily limits, it is never a bad idea to ask for help. This can range from...

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By Editorial Team - April 21, 2016
...joy long, steaming-hot showers to relieve the stress of the day, but now, showering can be a stressor in itself! But you are not alone – showering is a common challenge among the COPD community, so we asked all of you: “What tips or strategies do you have for showering with COPD?” Below are just some of the over 80 comments you all shared: Terry cloth towel-robe – Saves lots of energy! I use a terry toweling robe after showering, one with a hood...

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By Matthew DiChiara - July 9, 2015
It’s no secret that proper nutrition is a vital element in the charge towards a vibrant and healthy life. Certain foods and the compounds found within them have the ability to contribute to health and well-being. Likewise, the wrong foods at the wrong time, or simply too much of a particular food, can be problematic. Today we’ll consider 3 simple dietary considerations that can be helpful to those living with COPD. Please remember...

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