How Do You Manage COPD Stress?

Living with a chronic condition like COPD can be extremely challenging and stressful at times. From managing symptoms and treatment plans to interacting with loved ones and friends, there is a great deal to manage, which can cause obstacles in daily life and relationships. While people may experience stress in different ways, and even the causes of stress can vary from person to person, one thing that remains the same …

Women and COPD: How Is It Different?

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I thought I would use these events as a reason to honor the many women who are fighting COPD these days. At one point in our history, COPD was considered more of a man’s disease. But over the past 50 years or so, the number of women dying from …

COPD: How to Breathe Better and Save Energy

What is COPD? COPD is a condition that affects the lungs and airways. COPD stands for chronic (KRON-ick) obstructive (ob-STRUCK-tiv) pulmonary (PULL-muh-nair-ee) disease. Chronic means the condition is long term. You will have it the rest of your life. COPD usually gets worse over time, but you can learn how to manage it. Pulmonary refers to the lungs and airways. The condition is obstructive because it …