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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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Physicians: Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Patients

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Doctors are busy professionals who typically have a long list of patients to care for. However, sometimes patients feel it is difficult to communicate with their doctors. Between missed calls and unanswered emails, sometimes patients can feel that their doctor is virtually unreachable, even for important questions. During appointments, doctors are sometimes thought of as cold or unreachable, prescribing treatments without explaining them. It is important for doctors to communicate with their patients. Listen to these statements from COPD patients on what they wish they could say to their doctors:

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Topics: physician visits

Understanding COPD: Explaining Running Out of Breath

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

It is hard to understand what it’s like to run out of breath if you haven’t experienced it yourself. For caregivers and doctors, many haven’t had the experience. Not being able to catch one’s breath is a scary experience which can leave COPD patients frightened and nervous. To try and put it in perspective, here are quotes from COPD patients collected at the Better Breather’s Club meeting at Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio on August 2, 2016 about just what it’s like to lose your breath and have the inability to breathe:

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Topics: shortness of breath

How Did You Get Diagnosed?

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Because COPD covers a variety of different lung conditions, everyone’s story for being diagnosed is different. We talked to members of the Cleveland Better Breather’s Club to find out how the different members were diagnosed.

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Topics: recently diagnosed with copd

What Actually Happens When You Smoke: Why You Should Quit

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Oct 6, 2016

If you have COPD, you know that smoking is bad for your health. You’ve probably been told by loved ones that smoking will only cause your breathing to worsen, and your medical professionals have told you that quitting is one way to help ease your breathing. However, why exactly do you need to quit? What happens when you smoke that causes all of these problems? Here, we will explain everything that happens to your body when you smoke and the physiological reasons why your breathing will improve if you quit.

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Topics: quit smoking

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