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Welcome to the October Update from Breathing Better Living Well!

Pot Luck

I'm sure you've all been to a pot luck dinner at one time or another - you know a pot luck, that wonderful hometown-style event where everybody brings a homemade dish to share. The beauty of a potluck is that although you know exactly what you're bringing to the table, the rest of it's an unknown. But at a good pot luck you can pretty much be assured of two things: What you put on your plate will be tasty and that you won't leave hungry.
Look at our October BBLW newsletter as your hometown-style potluck - of COPD and other chronic lung disease information - designed to inform, support and inspire you to breathe better and stay well. As with any good pot luck things may be mixed up a little bit, so pay attention to this newsletter or you might miss something! So, my friends, take a look at what we have to offer - and fill your plate.  I'm sure you'll find something good. Here we go...

Jane's Articles on Health Central 

Is it COPD, Asthma or Pneumonia? How Can you Tell?
We get a lot of questions about how to tell the difference between COPD and other lung disorders. These articles will help sort some of that out... with a added twist of how my health team and I solved a mystery diagnosis in my own health. Watch for Part II (and the answer to the mystery) coming soon!

Living with COPD: Exercise
We've said it before but it sure bears repeating: If you have COPD or another chronic lung disease, exercise can really help!
Living with COPD: Choosing Home Exercise Equipment
Here's a practical guide with tips on what to look for in home exercise equipment - and what to avoid.

Sit and Be Fit for COPD - This is a really good exercise program made just for people with COPD! It's fun and as easy (or as challenging) as you need it to be. *** As always, check with your doc before starting an exercise routine. 

More articles...
If You Have COPD: What You Should Know About your Heart

COPD and your Heart: Common Heart tests

COPD and your Heart: Blood Test and Medications

Talk about a pot luck...
Friend of BBLW, Millie Bruce, was nice enough to share an article she wrote about heart disease. Five Common Heart Myths and What you Need to Know.  Thanks, Millie, for cooking up this article and sharing it with us! 

Meet the Team
Stop on in and meet our BBLW team! Drew is the newest member of our moderating / medical team! 

Web MD
The Web MD Lung Health Check Assessment is quick and easy. After answer questions you'll get:

  • personalized report to help you communicate better with your doctor
  • information about your condition tailored for you
  • tips from Web MD health experts to help you deal with your condition

COPD Info Line
Sponsored by the COPD Foundation the COPD (Call Our Patients Direct) Info line is one of the world's best kept secrets! Seriously! Call and speak, one-on-one, with a knowledgeable person with COPD. If you have a friend or loved one who could use this, pass this along to them! Phone the COPD Info Line at 1-866-316-COPD (2673). 


The US COPD Coalition Second National Conference is coming up on December 2-3 in Crystal City, Virginia just outside Washington, DC.
The purpose of this conference is to bring the entire COPD community together to discuss the gaps in COPD policy, treatment, education, awareness, and advocacy and plan a path forward.  This conference will lay the foundation for future COPD policy and action.
If you're interested in going and need help with your expenses, there is help. Thanks to the generosity of COPD community leaders the U.S COPD Coalition is proud to offer travel scholarships. These travel scholarships cover only flight expenses but if you have other expenses click here for information to raise additional funds.  

Pulmonary Fibrosis?
I know we talk a lot about COPD here at BBLW, but that's not the only chronic lung disease. If you have Pulmonary Fibrosis, there is help for you! Here are two organizations that provide information and support: The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation which is launching a research fund and sponsoring a research summit coming up on December 1, 2011 in Chicago! 

Stay well tips:

  • Don't forget to get your flu shot!
  • Check with your doc if you're due for a pneumonia shot.
  • Toss those germs in the trash! Always remember to change to a new toothbrush after an exacerbation (flare-up of your lung disease when you get sick).

This article on Portable Oxygen Concentrators (POC's) has gotten a huge response!  If you've not seen it yet, check out this article about POC's in the Pulmonary Paper.

Thinking about traveling with COPD and / or supplemental oxygen? How about going on a pulmonary cruise this winter?

Talk about a pot luck! the BBLW Community table is overflowing with all kinds of information, support and encouragement as well as answers to your lung questions, links to articles, discussions, and more. Stop in and meet our Moderating Team and our Ask the RT's who join us each Monday, Wednesday and Friday! 
If you're anything like me, when you're at a pot luck and you run into somebody you're happy to see, you give them a hug. In honor of our dear friend Eileen who we lost recently, we've created a special "Hugs" forum in her honor. It's a place to share a concern, encouragement, inspiration... or just a hug. 

New Amazon links!
We've installed beautiful new easy-to-use Amazon links at BBLW in our homepage and bookstore. Click from either one and a few pennies of anything you buy will help support the maintenance of our site. Every little bit helps! Thank you!

Learning one new thing a week makes it easy to learn a lot!
In Live Your Life With COPD - 52 Weeks of Health, Happiness and Hope you'll find something new each week to help you live a better life with COPD. 

BBLW now has over 680 friends on Facebook!  Come see us!
Live Your Life with COPD also has a Facebook page. Here you'll find updates on book events and other book news.

On a personal note...
Its been a beautiful fall here in West Michigan and it seems winter is just around the corner. In a couple days, though, I'll be flying to Tampa, Florida not to sit in the sun, but to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). I'm excited to see old friends and (since I work from home) also meet many of my colleagues at the COPD Foundation who live and work in other cities. 

That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed our autumn pot luck here at BBLW, and I hope you're not going away hungry.
Breathe well, my friends, and I'll see you next month!


       "Sometimes you don't know what to ask until you find somebody who can give you answers."
~~~ Anonymous









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