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December 21, 2016

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  It can be either emphysema or chronic bronchitis, a combination of both, or other lung disorders.  Regardless of the underlying cause, COPD represents serious lung disease that progressively grows worse.  As the a...

December 21, 2016

     I am not a physician.  Not even close.  What I am is a former lung disease patient.  I can say “former”, because on December 12, 2011, I was blessed with the miracle of a double lung transplant.  At age 71, I received the lungs of a 32 year-old mara...

December 21, 2016

Mary and I teach classes on “Living Well with Lung Disease” to pulmonary rehab patients, to caregivers, to patients at COPD conferences, and to anyone else who will stand still long enough.  As a part of our presentations, we talk about the progression of lung disorder...

December 21, 2016

Humor has always been vital to me.  Premature birth and a childhood of second-hand smoke, (Thanks, Dad), left me with lungs that would never allow me to be the star athlete, the guy that people admired due to his physical abilities.  Humor, the ability to make others l...

December 21, 2016

On one long ago day, we stood in front of a preacher and uttered “…’till death do us part…”.  We meant it at the time, but who could have envisioned the situation that we found ourselves in?  Over the years, we have taken turns playing nurse, helping out, taking over s...

December 21, 2016

(55 years, really, but married for 53) 

We have been asked by good friends to elaborate on just how it is that we have managed to live together, love together, work and volunteer together for all those years.  Makes you think….

We started out lucky.  By that, I mean that...

December 21, 2016

Okay, first, you deserve to know that I know what I am talking about.   After a premature birth, a childhood of second and third-hand smoke, and personally smoking pretty heavily for 20 years, I was diagnosed with severe COPD in 1995.  After learning everything I could...

December 21, 2016

WE’VE BEEN THERE!

Mary, my wife, my love, and my companion for the last 53 years, is also my caregiver.  Like most married couples, we have taken turns over the years doing whatever we could to help when the random illnesses and injuries required assistance to get throu...

December 21, 2016

CHOOSE TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR DISEASE!

Everyone is faced with choices....sadly, many of our choices result from fear.  We no longer have to hunker in a cave staring out into the darkness, terrified as to what might be out there.  However, for some reason, we choose to endu...

December 21, 2016

You know how doctor’s appointments are...they only have a certain amount of time to spend with you, usually not enough in your opinion, but that is the way of the medical profession.  Since they are unlikely to change their habits any time soon, I have a couple of sugg...

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