November is COPD Awareness Month!

There are many ways for you to become actively involved in the treatment of your symptoms – both physically and emotionally. The COPD Foundation announced a new COPD Advocacy Drivers Program to spread the word that COPD is largely underdiagnosed, undertreated and underfunded.

Become an Advocate for COPD Today!All it takes for you to become an effective COPD advocate is to watch a 30-minute video. You will learn tips for successful interactions when meeting with elected officials, training on the COPD Action Center, a review of Civics 101 and will know the COPD Foundation’s advocacy activities and goals. After the video, take a 5-question quiz.

Successful participants will receive their COPD Advocacy Drivers License which certifies them as trained COPD advocates.

Begin your training today at www.copdfoundation.org/Advocacy.aspx.

A recent article in COPD–Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease notes COPD imposes a substantial burden on American society  by  inhibit- ing employment and creating disability – more so than heart disease, cancer, hypertension and diabetes. Please encourage your family and friends to join the Drive for COPD Awareness!

Gold COPD RibbonOur friend, Lori Palermo, would like to honor her Dad, Wayne A. Litzenberger, and all those fighting for their “breath of life,” with this COPD Gold Ribbon lapel pin. Available for $3 each (includes shipping), write to Lori at 433 Lehigh Road, Gouldsboro, PA 18424.

To celebrate COPD Awareness Month, visit the American Lung Association’s web site at www.lung. org, call 1-800-586-4872 or visit a local office to get your copy of a COPD Action Plan. This COPD Action Plan is a 2-in-1 personal tool that helps you and your doctor outline a plan that is best for you.

With a plan, you will know how and when to take your medicines, when to call your healthcare provider and when to get emergency care. Each person’s COPD is different and so is each management plan.

Why such a need to raise awareness for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease? The FAIR (Funds Allocated In Research) Foundation keeps track of where our country’s research dollars are being spent (see chart

below) and somehow COPD, the third leading cause of death in the United States, is coming up very short!

Our Government’s Bio-Medical Research Allocations by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 

DISEASE

2012 NIH RESEARCH

$$

DEATHS PER DISEASE $$ PER PATIENT DEATH $$ PER

PATIENT

COPD 120 Million 141,075 851 8
Hepatitis C 102 Million 12,000 8,500 23
Cardiovascular Disease 2.2 Billion 777,100 2,831 27
Hepatitis B 67 Million 5,000 13,400 54
Diabetes 1 Billion 70,601 14,164 42
Alzheimer’s Disease 458 Million 82,476 5,553 86
Parkinson’s Disease 157 Million 20,507 7,665 157
Prostate Cancer 337 Million 28,517 11,817 177
HIV/AIDS 3.2 Billion 10,290 310,830 3,047
All Cancers Total 6 Billion 566,137 10,598 4,901
West Nile Virus 46 Million 45 1,022,222 46,890