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

Fall is in the air, and here we are already in September, one of those transitional months, both wrapping up end of summer activities and looking to get back to cooler weather routines.

As a mom, I’m happy – and very relieved – to report that our son-in-law made it home, safe and sound, after a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers as he was doing his job so far from home at the rugged little Army surgical hospital. He was part of a small unit, working to help and heal the sick and injured folks who came to their door; people from every walk of life, both military and civilian. This is a picture of my son-in-law and my husband taking a boat ride last week. The night was warm, the water calm. Life is good.

We all know that cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD, but we must remember that irritants in the workplace can also play a big role in lung damage. This month we’ve posted two new pieces on Occupational Lung Disease, specifically mesothelioma, a disorder caused by asbestos exposure. Take a look at these easy-read, one-page articles Mesothelioma and In the Shadow of 9/11. (This information was provided by the folks at two of our mesothelioma partner sites, mentioned below). While you’re there on the basics page, take time to learn about another occupational lung disorder, Black Lung Disease, by sitting in on a conversation I had with Debbie Wills, coordinator of the Black Lung program for Valley Health Systems in West Virginia.

Once you’ve learned something about black lung disease, see the work being done to help coal miners breathe better. Come along with me on A Visit to the New River Clinic.

In keeping with our focus on asbestos and mesothelioma, we also have two new mesothelioma resources on our links page. The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center provides information on the latest treatment and prevention information for those who’ve been exposed to asbestos, and The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, is dedicated to spreading awareness of mesothelioma-related issues, treatment options, and more.

It’s back! The dreaded flu season. Yuck! Give yourself a fighting chance of beating the flu this year by understanding how the flu virus works. Here are links to two excellent videos about virus: How You Catch a Cold, Getting the Flu, and also one about Asbestosis. For information on what you can do to avoid getting the flu, read Protecting Yourself from the Flu.

One of the most popular pages on our site is the Oxygen Q & A, written in a down-to-earth style by our favorite pulmonary doc. In it, he covers common questions as well as myths about oxygen use.

Remember the “Welcome Inn,” the place to go when you’re a BBLW Newbie? We know that lots of you visit each day and don’t say anything, and that’s fine, but if and when you’re ready to post, the “Welcome Inn” is the place to start. Don’t worry about goofing up! Our caring, and very patient, moderating team is here to help. Remember, just like you, they were once newbies! Welcome, friends, to the BBLW Welcome Inn!

Join us at BBLW Chat each Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm, East coast time. BBLW chat is kind of like sitting in a coffee shop and visiting with whomever comes along. Check the chat forum to make sure of the next scheduled time and for a link to the World Clock for information on time zones.

Drug3k is a free online database for most commonly prescribed drugs, including links to detailed prescription drug information; images of the drugs, side effects, interactions, and use. This site provides information only with no pharmaceutical advertisements.

See my widget at the bottom of our home page. To read my last ten articles on Health Central, scroll down in the “recent posts” box. To see all my articles on Health Central, click on “Jane M. Martin – Stop Smoking.” To subscribe to this RSS feed, click on “about.” You can embed this widget easily in your own blog and customize it by clicking here. Pretty cool, huh?

Last month I promised you I’d let you know how my butterfly did. Well, right on schedule, she emerged from her chrysalis, dried her wings and fluttered off. She stayed around for a while, checking back with me on and off for about the next hour as if to say thank you for taking care of me. I’ll say it again. Life is good.

That’s all for now. Breathe well today, my friends – one day, one breath at a time.
I’m going to enjoy these last few days with the kids before they return to Texas, and I’ll see you here again next month!


“Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them, the more of them we will see…Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.”
~~~ Malbie D. Babcock