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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
March 19, 2010
If your physician has advised you to quit smoking, you’re in the right place! It’s never too late to quit and you will see some immediate physical benefits, even within the first 12 hours. To check out some other benefits, follow this link:
If you have lung disease, you’re also in the right place. Currently there are about 12 million people in the United States diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, and about as many that have it and are not yet diagnosed.
The signs and symptoms of COPD are:
- Constant coughing, sometimes called “smoker’s cough”
- Shortness of breath while doing everyday activities
- Producing a lot of sputum (also called phlegm or mucus)
- Feeling like you can’t breathe or take a deep breath
Getting a diagnosis involves a simple breathing test called Spirometry. If you have some of the symptoms above, ask your physician about getting the Spirometry test. The good news is that the earlier COPD is detected and treated, it can be controlled and the impact on quality of life can be minimized. For information about symptoms and treatment for COPD, go to the American Lung Association’s website:
We also offer some great resources for you if you are living with COPD. If you have questions about this disease, or any other lung disease please call our Lung HelpLine to talk with a nurse or respiratory therapist. That number is: 1-800-548-8252, and it is operational from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. This service is free of charge.
If your Quit Day is coming up soon, remember to clean out your home, vehicle, desk, garage, etc. and throw out all smoking materials. Don’t under estimate the power of temptation, or the power of support that is available to you on the Message Boards, if you’re in the Premium program. Give blogging a try. Write your feelings down in a blog if you belong to the Premium program. It’s a great way to “get out” some negative feelings and gain a fresh perspective.
Now that spring has sprung in many areas of the country, this gives you a great opportunity to increase your physical activity. It’s a good time of year to get busy in the garden or to set a regular time each day for a brisk walk. Changing your lifestyle by increasing physical activity is one of the best ways you can remain smokefree.
Reward yourself if you make an appointment to speak with your physician about getting a Spirometry test!
Until next time, I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :) Mary Ella
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