The official blog of the Lung Institute.
A new city can be difficult to adjust. Whether it is just for vacation or a permanent change, meeting other people can be the best way to dive into a city’s culture. Nashville—a city dedicated to cultural vibrancy and Southern comfort—is filled with opportunities to mingle. With the opening of our newest facility, individuals with lung disease can rest assured that, in Nashville, they will be in good hands. Not only will excellent treatment be available, but there are several major lung disease groups in Tennessee.
The Benefit of Support Groups
Being diagnosed with an incurable disease is really hard. No one expects an individual to take it easy and just move on. Knowing that you are not alone can most certainly help. Whether you want a place to tell your story, ask for advice, or just soak in others’ narratives, support groups can be a superb resource when dealing with a tough time. Today, there are support groups for everything, but finding one specific to lung diseases can be difficult. As a resource, here are some possible support groups in Tennessee:
Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center
Located in numerous states around the country, the Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center is known for their patient education and patient support. The center hosts a monthly support group for individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their families. The support group session in Tennessee are located in Nashville just twenty minutes away from the Lung Institute.
Better Breathers Club
As a resource provided by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers club has events and meetings available in several states across the country. Specifically in Tennessee, there are regular monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month in Maryville. These clubs are open to any individual dealing with shortness of breath and breathing struggles including patients with lung disease.
Freedom from Smoking Classes
Also sponsored by the American Lung Association, smoking cessation courses are available for individuals ready to take back their life smoke-free. With smoking being a leading cause of lung disease, quitting can mean the difference between life and death. With classes available in Sevierville, Nashville (two medical centers), Hohenwald, and Chattanooga (two locations), anybody in Tennessee is in a close proximity to an amazing lifestyle modification. Several of these locations allow for a quick trip to and from the Lung Institute.
Watching someone you love be diagnosed with lung disease, or actually being diagnosed with lung disease yourself, is hard enough; you don’t need to go through it alone. Support groups can be used as a means for learning about your diagnosis and about yourself. They can be used to learn how to take better care of yourself to learn about treatments that work. If you or a loved one is ready to breathe easier, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065 to speak with a patient care coordinator who is ready to help you.