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The Story Behind the Alpha-1 Angel

Alpha-1 Finds a Voice
by Greg Thompson

America’s Worst Asthma Cities

Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Emphysema & Other Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
(complete article) by Dr. Vijai Sharma 

The following ten articles are excerpts from the complete article above, "Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Emphysema and Other Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)" by Dr. Vijai Sharma. The material in these articles is not intended as medical advice, but simply as information to discuss with your physician. It can be difficult to distinguish between exacerbation of asthma, COPD, or other pulmonary disorder and panic attack. An exacerbation must be treated by your physician. Before practicing these techniques, please discuss them with your physician when you are not experiencing respiratory distress. Articles found on BBLW, in this form, are the property of Breathing Better Living Well. We invite you to link to the articles and stories on our site. Please DO NOT copy these excerpted articles or stories to place on another site.

Asthma and COPD: Clearing the Air – Is it Asthma or COPD?

Be Where You Are  - One Woman’s Story of Coping with COPD by Melody M. Pierson

Breathing Lessons
Chronic lung disease literally took my breath away. How
I got my life back By Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, as told to Andrea Atkins

Breathing Techniques for People with COPD by Jane M. Martin, BA, LRT, CRT

A Caregiver’s Advice by Lori Palermo

Interview with Lori Palermo on Blog Talk Radio
(the interview itself starts about five minutes into the show)

COPD Awareness: What Just One Person Can Do, What She Did and How She Did It!  - How Lori Palermo is working to improve asthma awareness in her area

COPD in America – A Landmark Survey

COPD Patient to Run in Boston Marathon!
by Roxlyn Cole

Congressional Caucus on COPD Awareness and Research

Coping With Chronic Illness
by Dr. JoAnn LeMaistre, who has learned to live a full life in spite of MS

Cough and Airway Clearance

Depression and Anxiety in the Patient with COPD 
by Jane M. Martin, BA, CRT

Doctor-Patient Communication – The Importance of Your “Story” and How You Tell It
by Margo Corbett

Eat to Breathe Better with COPD - Part I by Jane Martin

Eat to Breathe Better with COPD - Part II by Jane Martin

Empowerment Via Self Care and Service 
by Dr. Vijai Sharma

Expert Advice for COPD Patients by Mari Cartel

Facing Fall – Preventing Exacerbations and When to Call the Doctor

Fire Fighters Exposed to World Trade Center Dust Developed Lung Condition

Fletcher-Peto Curve – Shows progression of COPD over time with smoking

Helping Others, Helping Yourself, and Going Fishing!

Hostility Hurts the Lungs, Study Finds

How to Distinguish Good Air from Bad

How to Manage COPD and Allergies by Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Is it COPD, Asthma or Pneumonia: How Can You Tell? by Jane M. Martin, BA, LRT, CRT

Journaling Study  - Study indicates that journaling can improve health

Legislative Alerts and Updates

Living with COPD: Why Iron is Important by Jane Martin

Mark's Trek Across America (PDF)

Patient Education the Key to Optimal Medication Delivery and Compliance 
by Jane M. Martin, BA, CRT

Spirometry Testing — checking your lung function

Choosing a Treadmill by Jane M. Martin

The Spoon Theory — How do you help somebody understand what it is like to live with chronic disease?

Tips to Help COPD Patients Avoid Attacks by Diane Wedner

Volunteerism in COPD Patients and Families
by Jane M. Martin, BA, CRT

What Women Need to Know about COPD by Jane M. Martin, BA, LRT, CRT

Whatís in a Cough? by Wyatt Myers

Whatís the Difference Between COPD and Asthma? by Jane M. Martin, BA, LRT, CRT

Why You Havenít Heard About COPD by Wyatt Myers

Yoga May Beat the Blues

Yoga for COPD
by Vijai Sharma, PhD.

Vijai Sharma, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience. He had untreated asthma and chronic bronchitis since childhood and was diagnosed with Emphysema in 1994. Vijai strictly follows the COPD medical treatment and follows a program of wide-ranging exercise, nutrition and self-care.

Dr. Sharma specializes in mind-body medicine and appreciates how the anxiety, depression, anger, pain and stress can affect cardiopulmonary, colon and immune system function. He believes that we can utilize the body, breath, mind and spiritual energy for personal well-being, overall health and a better quality of life.

He is currently in private practice and directs the Behavioral Medicine Center in Cleveland, TN. He received extensive clinical training in India, the U.K. and Sweden and has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Tennessee since 1981. He is a certified yoga teacher and registered with U.S. Yoga Alliance (500+hours) since 2004. He is a yoga instructor at the local YMCA and other fitness facilities and has completed advance teachers’ training in Yoga. Vijai believes yoga has helped him psychologically and physically in his battle with emphysema since being diagnosed. Read More.

Breathe Right!

Yoga for COPD

Anxiety and Panic

Editorials by Jo-Von Tucker (1937–2003)
Only on Breathing Better Living

Jo-Von Tucker’s life as she knew it came to a screeching halt when, at age 52, she was told she had COPD, she would have to wear oxygen 24-hours a day for the rest of her life, and that she had less than five years to live.  Did she go home and give up? No way! Jo-Von went on long after that to help herself and others by starting a breathing support group and writing a book and monthly newsletters for COPD patients and their families. She also got involved in improving oxygen delivery and availability. Everything she did, she did with gusto and a no-nonsense style, sometimes bluntly saying, “We just have to get off our duffs and fix this!”

I met Jo-Von for the first time in late 2003 at the first national COPD conference just one month before she passed away unexpectedly from complications following surgery. I share with you here some of her wisdom. I’m sure she’d be pleased that her words – and her spirit – live on to help people with COPD. Read Jo-Von's book: Courage and Information for Life with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Always Having Hope

Benefits of Emotional Support for People with Pulmonary Disease

Coping with COPD by Socializing in the Holiday Season

Developing Our Coping Skills

Do You Have an Ideal Relationship with Your Doctor? It's Up to You...

Everyday is a Gift

Holding On to Stability  

The Issue of Compliance  

Journaling Can Improve the Health of People with Chronic Disease – for more information see “Journaling Study” in the articles section

“Something to Think About…” – New Year’s Resolutions for People with COPD





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