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What To Expect From COPD Awareness Month

5 Nov 2015
| Under COPD | Posted by | 14 Comments

National COPD Month 

There are a number of initiatives during the year that are worthy of drawing our attention. One such occurrence is National COPD Awareness Month. That is why throughout the month of November, the Lung Institute will be focusing on a series of blog posts dedicated to understanding anything and everything associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This chronic disease is characterized by an obstruction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing very difficult for a millions of Americans. People suffering from COPD have trouble walking short distances and are especially susceptible to illnesses like pneumonia. Most patients also need supplemental oxygen support throughout the day. Sadly, there is no cure for COPD but treatment options are available to slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life.

According to the American Lung Association, 24 million Americans currently suffer from COPD. The surprising fact is that only half of that number are actually diagnosed. Which is why throughout the month, we will be presenting a number of topics to inform you about the importance of COPD. Here are some the stories you can look forward to:

During National COPD Awareness Month, we encourage you  stay informed about this disease and share what you’ve learned with at least one person. Share your story below or comment on our social media channels.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a lung disease and want to learn more about treatment options, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065 today.





  1. PB

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Linda,

    Thanks for your comment. Our clinic staff is happy to answer any questions you have once you arrive at our clinic in Nashville. Please keep us updated on how you’re doing by contacting your patient coordinator. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Linda

    3 weeks ago

    I’m on my way right now to TN for a stem cell procedure. I’m asking for prayers that this is the answer for us who suffer with COPD. I’m having some difficulty with coughing and sob, but I am determined to go through with this. I am hoping for a better quality of life. I am 67 years old and I still have places I want to see. See my Grandkids grow up. Just be here a while longer.

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  4. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Diane,

    We’re sorry to hear that your husband is suffering with COPD. To answer your question, it’s best to call us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cell therapy, cost, and other financing options. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Diane

    8 months ago

    Is there any type of financing anywhere available to pay for this? My husband is suffering so with his COPD, and being on Social Security Disability, there’s not much opportunity to get the necessary cost of this procedure. But our goal is to keep trying he need it desperately. If any one has any ideas please would you let us know.
    Thank you

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  10. Jared White

    2 years ago

    Hi Barbara!

    Thank you so much for commenting on our website!

    The American Heart Association has a list of numbers that you can call in order to find tips on how to quit smoking or direct you to support groups in your area. The most important thing you can do to avoid developing COPD though is to quit smoking, avoid air pollutants and other chemicals that can cause harm to the lungs. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help!


    Lung Institute

  11. I’ve been struggling w/the inability to quit smoking for 35 yes. Can u please assist MW on where I can find support group to help thru this difficult time and what I can do to avoid COPD before it’s too late. Sadly seeking assistance Barbara Glover, thank you in advance for ur support

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