Wear orange, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease official color, to show your support for those with COPD this month. World COPD Day is Nov. 20 to honor those who have COPD and also those who have lost their fight.
Each November also means it is proclamation season. A COPD awareness proclamation was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, announcing November as COPD Awareness Month and officially recognizing the effects of COPD both in our state and nationwide.
These proclamations help raise awareness among government officials and until there is a cure the best approaches to preventing COPD and its considerable health impacts, lie in education, awareness and expanded delivery of detection and management protocols.
COPD is the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability in the U.S. Early and proper diagnosis is essential to not only improved patient outcomes but also decreased health care costs.
Research, education and awareness are also essential.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is very important in helping the COPDER to exercise but also to provide guidance, coping and keeping quality of life living with COPD.
As a face of COPD and an advocate, I fight not only for myself but also for others who live daily with COPD. Get involved; it is free. Support and join the forces of COPD Foundation and start to learn to breathe easy again.
State advocacy captain
of Pennsylvania for COPD Foundation