This is the January update from Breathing Better Living Well!

Welcome, friends, to this brand new year – a year sure to be filled with challenges, yet brimming with promise. Our theme this month, and the whole year through for that matter, is “You can do this!” Alright, do what? You can live well – a full, active and happy life – with COPD or other chronic lung disease.

In the commercials for a major home improvement store we hear, “You can do it. We can help.” If you look at the big picture, this is more than a slogan. It’s a universal truth. You know, if you have a task to do, or a problem to tackle – a problem of any kind – the best thing to do is to find somebody who’s got solid information along with a willingness to help; but, more importantly somebody who’s been there, somebody who has walked that road before. It might very well be that while walking that road, that person has stepped on some glass, tripped and fallen, and maybe even gotten roughed up a bit. But they made it – and they survived. And in doing so, that person is the best one to share with you how they found their way. Join us at BBLW in this New Year and we’ll walk with you on your road with chronic lung disease. You can do this! Here’s a start, and here’s what’s happening at BBLW:

Dr. Vijai Sharma has written something new and this month we have part one on our site. In Breathe Right! (Part I) you’ll find out if you’re breathing correctly – and if you’re not, what might be the cause.

From Both Ends of the Stethoscope is a fascinating memoir by our beloved Dr. Tom Petty, pulmonary expert extraordinaire. In it you’ll learn some history of respiratory care and long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) as well as get to know Dr. Petty as well as some of his patients, regular folks, and famous. This little book would be great to have handy at your Better Breathers’ Club meetings to read a short piece to your group.

Out with the old and in with the new. What’s all this about a major change in inhalers? Find out in a new article I wrote for Health Central, Bye-bye CFC Inhalers, Hello HFA Inhalers for COPD.

Now, here’s something else the folks at BBLW know all about, and have learned the hard way. Not all, but most of the folks here have been smokers and most have successfully quit. Do you need help in your battle with the butt? Visit our Quit Smoking – No Butts About It page with updated resources! Then visit our BBLW community page for a listening ear and a helping hand.

Speaking of our community … There’s a new chat in town! It’s Q & A Chat on Wednesdays at 2:00pm, Eastern Time. This chat has been set up in response to your desire for more solid information on living with lung disease. I’ll be there to answer your lung-disease related questions as best I can. We’ll still have regular chat – where anything goes and we talk about whatever comes to mind! This is on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 pm, Eastern time. Check the chat forum for both chats to make sure of the next scheduled times and for a link to the World Clock for information on time zones.

Month after month we continue to have lots and lots of visits to our Oxygen Q&A page. It just goes to show that information put down in plain and simple language is very valuable – and something you, our readers are looking for. Take a look, and pass it along to a friend.

Do you ever feel like you’re the only one who has struggled to cope with COPD? You’re not alone! The New Face of COPD profiles four folks just like you who have been hit with a tough diagnosis and fought back to get the most out of life. Read these interviews by clicking on the Stop Smoking widget at the bottom of our home page. Click on “Jane M. Martin – Stop Smoking” for all my shareposts.

From the looks of it, this is going to be a long winter! So far we’ve had almost 90 inches of snowfall in West Michigan (our normal is about 70 inches for the entire winter), and there’s no end in sight. Right now I’m in bed with a bad cold and aches. Now, where did I pick that up? It’s hard to tell, but watching this video helped me understand a bit about what happened when it did — How You Catch a Cold.

Here’s some more interesting stuff:
Getting the FluProtect Yourself from the FluThe Germ Freak’s Guide to Outwitting Colds and FluThe Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu.

If you haven’t done this already, check out the videos about new treatments for COPD — Bypass Stent, the IBV Valve, the Stent, and Increasing Muscle Strength.

So, if you’ve ever felt scared, discouraged, or overwhelmed, wondering how in the world you’ll be able to take on a challenge — as if the odds are stacked against you — like this little seedling, don’t give up! I’ve felt that way, and sometimes still do — more often than I care to say. But, many times it has made all the difference in my life to have somebody beside me saying, simply, “You can do this!” Sometimes that’s all we really need… a cheerleader, somebody believing in us and giving us a little bit of help and encouragement. We’re here to tell you, “You can do this!” We’re here to help.


“He who does not hope to win has already lost.”
~~~ José Joaquin Olmedo