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

Don’t be afraid. I went to a writers’ conference recently and that was the theme. Just do it… but most of all… don’t be afraid. That’s the case in writing, and it holds true in lots of other things — but especially in living with chronic lung disease. As a result of what I learned, I left that day with a renewed sense of courage in tackling the tougher things, knowing that with some help and encouragement I can do it. I hope this newsletter brings something new to you: information, support, and inspiration to get on with living and to not be afraid.

bunches of grapes on the vineYou might remember that in our June newsletter I showed you a picture of our teeny tiny grapes and promised I’d share their progress with you this fall. Well, here they are, not quite ripe enough, but almost. Now on with the newsletter. Here we go…

I’m sure at some time or another you’ve heard about a new medicine or therapy for breathing problems and wondered, “Does this really work?” Those ads can be so convincing, but can you really believe them, and should you spend your hard-earned money on that product? Let’s clear the air. Some time ago our good friend Dr. Robert “Sandy” Sandhaus answered often-asked questions on a hot topic: Alternative treatments for pulmonary disease. That piece is now a part of the new Ask the Doctor section on our basics page.

Rethink Your COPD! This is the message of just one of the new links on our links page. This new website encourages patients to think differently about their approach to COPD. Actor/comedian Robert Klein has partnered with AstraZeneca to encourage patients with COPD to take action to gain a better understanding of their disease and learn how to better understand their symptoms. From this site patients with COPD can sign up for tools such as doctor appointment reminders, humidity alerts, medication reminders, and more, so they can better prepare for their day.

Also new on our links page: Allergy Learning Center, a wealth of information about allergies; COPD Alert, support and advocacy for patients, caregivers, and medical professionals; and the COPD Foundation, dedicated to developing and supporting programs through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by COPD.

Thanks for your kind response to my little story, Turn the Corner and Look Up in the “What’s New from Jane” forum on our community page. I’ve received several emails saying that you found it inspiring. Take a few minutes to walk along with me as I discover some unexpected blessings when I turn the corner and look up.

You can now find the third in my series of three articles on End-Stage COPD at the Health Central Network along with some interesting comments and questions following the first post. You can always find my last ten articles on Health Central from the widget at the bottom of our home page or at the top of our articles page.

This economy has affected us all and we’re watching our wallets more closely than ever. Because of this, here at BBLW we’ve made it much easier for you to find new and used, deep-discount books in our bookstore. Here’s how it works — The “Amazon” button will take you to that book’s main page, but here’s a tip: If you click on the title of that book that's in blue font and underlined (on our bookstore page), it will take you directly to that book on Amazon with choices for a discounted price. So, next time you feel like treating yourself to something “new” but you’re short on cash, check out the blue underlined links in our bookstore, or through any Amazon portal on our site.

Take a walk through our BBLW neighborhood and see what’s going on today. You’ll find information and support from amazing people for living as healthy, strong, and happy as possible. Everyone is welcome!

That’s about all for now. Breathe well today, my friends, and I’ll see you back here again next month. And remember… Don’t be afraid.


“Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”
~~~ German proverb