I’m a baby boomer – which means I grew up in a world full of second-hand smoke. My parents and grandparents smoked when I was young. Every restaurant we dined in, Broadway show we attended and airplane we flew in for summer vacation was filled with cigarette smoke. It’s no surprise that I, along with most of my family members, have some form of chronic lung disease caused by either smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.
November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD (the umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs its sufferers of the ability to draw life-sustaining breath. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer. Since smoking is the primary cause of COPD, many living with the disease do so in isolation due to the negative stigma associated with COPD and smoking.
There is no known cure for COPD, but it can be managed. If someone you love is struggling with COPD, Read More