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 - February 5, 2018
Whether you have COPD, or know someone who does, these 25 facts can open your eyes to the vast world of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 25 Tips & Factoids About COPD A... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 29, 2018
Here’s a scenario: Again today, you’re short of breath. You haven’t walked very far. Yet the temperature is great. You can’t catch your breath. You don’t feel sick, so you don’t see... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 23, 2018
For some COPDers, shopping is a thing of the past. For others, they still enjoy shopping. Which are you? Why is it that as you enter a store, be it a grocery... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 19, 2018
When I was young, before COPD, a good night was making popcorn! Dad had this heavy pan, with a lid. He or I would put oil in the bottom of the pan,... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 15, 2018
This article took a lot of thought. I have other health issues aside from COPD, and one compounds the other. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what’s causing what. My husband and I... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 12, 2018
Those four words I’m hearing more and more. It doesn’t matter whether the COPDer is Stage 1 or Stage 4,  so many struggle with tiredness and exhaustion, confusion, depression, pain, body parts not... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - January 8, 2018
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland Screeeeech, as I imagine the needle of an old... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - December 26, 2017
Before being diagnosed with COPD, I had been sent from doctor to doctor. It seems that what was going on in me was more than my original diagnosis of exercise induced asthma. Allergies... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - December 15, 2017
The holidays are something that used to be so exciting. We’d visit different relatives and the food was never ending. We’d have turkey for the next two weeks! Eventually, the holidays would... READ MORE

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By Janet Plank - December 4, 2017
Are you a human thermostat and/or barometer? If you say yes, you aren’t alone. You have probably heard how people with arthritis or fibromyalgia can feel the weather changes in their bodies –... READ MORE

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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