Janet Plank

About Janet Plank

I was an EMT-I and working ambulance for numerous years before health changed things. First I was diagnosed with adult asthma and allergies. About a year later, my doctors sent me to National Jewish where I was diagnosed with COPD...

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By Janet Plank - November 16, 2017
When I was first diagnosed with COPD I heard the phrase “COPD is a family disease.” Over time, and talking with COPDers and family, as well as other support people, I came... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - November 6, 2017
If you have COPD, like me, you probably have medications to take. As your COPD progresses, so does the amount of medications that are prescribed. Before being diagnosed, I didn’t even take... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - October 26, 2017
As we come to the close of October, schools on, we’re able to enjoy the harvest from our gardens and we’re moving into fall. In the small towns, we may notice the... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - October 19, 2017
When I was younger, I would tell my dad that I wanted to be happy, in life, at work, in everything. My dad would tell me that I wasn’t being realistic, I... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - October 8, 2017
Are you having trouble breathing? Hyperventilating? Just can’t get air? With COPD, it can often feel like we’re frantic to breathe. There are so many things that can affect our breathing: Smoking:... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - September 21, 2017
The last thing that I want to tell a group of people is that I’m overweight. I’m not just overweight, I’m obese. I’ve been dieting for years. Looking back, I have been... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - August 1, 2017
When I think of better health, I think of fewer health issues, fewer doctor appointments and yes, better health. It seems strange to talk about better health when you are looking at... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - May 19, 2017
When I was 19, I was pushed into lighting a cigarette, actually it happened frequently. I got past the rotten taste and realized that I was losing weight, a lot of weight,... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - February 10, 2017
So often talking with COPDers, the discussion goes to what they can’t do anymore, how they failed, let themselves down, let others down, and so many other things. Depression and anxiety seem... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - December 6, 2016
So often with a chronic illness, a person becomes depressed. It gets so difficult to feel like we struggle so often. We get sick of being sick… tired of being so tired... READ MORE