Welcome, friends, to the May update from Breathing Better Living Well!

leaf on waterI just love this picture of the sunflower. Even though it’s on the ground, it seems to be reaching for the sky. By golly, it’s going to get as close to the sun as it can. Gutsy little guy! Silliness aside, I think we can learn something here. Just as this sunflower seems to be reaching for the sky, we can always find ways – even small ones – to reach for improvements in our lives and our health. Even really small changes can add up to a big difference when you have chronic lung disease. We’ve got lots to show you today, so here we go …

Last month I introduced you to Dr. Sharma’s groundbreaking information on Anxiety and Panic and Anxiety. I hope this gave you a start on understanding what you’re up against with many of these issues. Remember, in order to deal with it, we have to know what we’re up against. I can tell you, for me, the chapter on “worry” taught me a lot about not letting those thoughts and feelings grab hold of me and my overactive imagination! What I learned in that article helps me every single day! Don’t hide from what scares you. Reach for understanding what you’re dealing with.

The “Ask Dr. Sharma” forum is now closed, but it remains on our community page along with “Ask the RT” and “Ask Dr. Adams.” An abundance of information!

Need somebody to talk to who knows what its like to live with COPD or another chronic lung disease? Reach out a friend to get help, and give it, too by visiting our BBLW community. You’d be amazed how much better you’ll feel! By helping others, we help ourselves.

Another thing we can reach for is better communication with our doctors! Until I met Margo Corbett, I never realized how important it is to communicate effectively within the first few minutes of an appointment with our docs. Read Margo’s excellent article, Doctor-Patient Communication – The Importance of Your “Story” and How You Tell It. So, who is Margo Corbett? Well, for starters, she’s survived cancer and three life-threatening medical errors, which left her with chronic illnesses. Margo’s also got years of experience in medical technology and using that, she now reaches out to share insights she’s gained from personal experiences through books and seminars. She’ll be holding a Thursday night free preview call for "How To Be A Savvy Patient" on May 29 from 8:00 - 9:00 EST. Among other things she’ll talk about why she feels it is important to have an advocate involved in your care. For more information, go to www.savvypatienttoolkit.com.

Last month I was invited to be the speaker at our local Better Breather’s Club. As part of my presentation I read The Spoon Theory, written by Christine Miserandino. After the meeting several members of the audience came up to me and said that it was the first time anybody came even close to finding a way to explain what they’re going through with chronic lung disease. In fact, not only did it come close, but it hit the nail on the head! The next day at pulmonary rehab everybody who had attended the meeting was talking about spoons! Click here to read The Spoon Theory.

New in our Bookstore! — Lead Your Way to Better Healthcare: Help Doctors Help You by Margo Corbett. The second edition of this book, The Savvy Patient’s Toolkit, will be available soon. Watch for it in our bookstore! Remember that you can purchase new or used books through any Amazon portal on our website.

Blogs and posts — BBLW moderators, Tim, Eileen, and Sandy each have their own blogs. My blog, which is actually more like an article, is posted every two weeks on The Health Central Network. You can get to all these blogs from our home page.

In recognition of May being Asthma Awareness Month, read Take Control of Asthma! How one young athlete took back her life – and her sport. Parts I and II can be found on the Health Central website. Another story about asthma, It’s Just Asthma, can be found on our BBLW stories page.

For free information and support in quitting smoking, for you or a loved one, get the Stop Smoking newsletter from Health Central. Here you’ll find the latest news and advice from top doctors, experts and people in the community.

Wow, I think that’s enough to reach for today!

Breathe well today, my friends. I’ll see you soon in the BBLW community and I’ll see you here again next month!



“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

~~~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt