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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects about 6.3 percent of people in the United States. Though largely attributed to tobacco use, other factors like genetics can also play a role.
This disease — the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States, according to the American Lung Association — includes emphysema and frequent bronchitis. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chronic cough, sputum production, and wheezing. Treatments for COPD can vary, and can include pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise training, nutrition advice, medication, and counseling.
When breathing gets tough and COPD symptoms are at their worst, the Internet can be a source of inspiration and empowerment. These blogs offer a variety of insights on living with COPD, including resources for caregivers.
Breathing Better, Living Well
This blog is for people who want to keep up-to-date with everything pertaining to lung-related diseases. A message board enables you to share tips, stories, treatments, and more with other members of the community — people with lung diseases and caregivers alike. There’s also a bookstore with reading recommendations for COPD as well as other lung-related ailments.
Follow Russell Winwood’s journey as he trains to run marathons and triathlons with just 30 percent lung capacity, and details what life is like when you are an athlete living with COPD. From prerace jitters to post-race euphoria, this is a good place to look for some inspiration and motivation to pursue your dreams. His coach also shares tips and insights for how to lead an active lifestyle when you have COPD.
Tweet him: @russwin66
Want to chat with others about living with COPD, or explore new treatment options? This is a community forum for people who want answers or who want to share their own stories. It’s full of helpful links to research news, eating guides, and other tips and recommendations. A product review section includes write-ups on inhalers, supplements, and other respiratory-related gadgets.
Tweet them: @COPDConnect
This blog features inspirational stories from people living with COPD, along with tips and advice from the COPD Coach, including what questions and concerns to raise with your doctor and how to make your portable oxygen concentrator last. Stay up-to-date on COPD Foundation news and events, or submit a question to the community. This is great place to give and receive support if you or a loved one is living with COPD.
Tweet them: @COPDFoundation
COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better
Learn more about your COPD from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, from how to prepare for an appointment with your doctor and what the next steps should be after receiving a diagnosis, to learning about new treatments for COPD. In addition to information for healthcare providers and patients, check out the “Breathe Better Network” and the “Country Conquers COPD” initiatives for ways to get involved with the COPD community.
Tweet them: @nih_nhlbi
Do More with Oxygen
Oxygen therapy is a common treatment for many people who have COPD. Learn all about the benefits of oxygen therapy, and read up on diet, lifestyle, and caregiving tips, such as recipes, what foods help to fight fatigue or reduce the likelihood of lung inflammation, tips for breathing well in cold weather, and more.
Health Central’s COPD Hub
The Health Central COPD hub is a place to learn more about receiving and following up on a COPD diagnosis, as well as treatments and tips for living with the condition. Blog posts cover the latest COPD news as well as videos that feature people with the condition sharing their stories — a valuable resource for anyone who has or knows someone who has the disease.
Tweet them: @healthcentral
Inogen Oxygen Education Blog
Stay on top of all the latest oxygen therapy treatments and products on the market, and get ideas for how to exercise, what to eat, and how to maintain any respiratory equipment you’re using to help with your COPD. Learn about emphysema, bronchitis, COPD, and much more, along with information about medical devices for COPD.
Tweet them: @InogenOne
Respiratory Therapy Cave
John Bottrell created this blog to share stories and wisdom, as well as some humor about working in the respiratory therapy profession. Articles cover COPD, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. Along with some humorous posts, this is a great resource for clinical information about your condition, tips on how to be an effective respiratory therapist (or work with one), and more.
Tweet him: @rtcave
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