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Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Experience With Lung Cancer – Part 5: Lung Cancer Awareness

[See previous blogs – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4] I haven’t written a blog since the summer.  I am not sure why – I think it is because I wasn’t sure what else I could say that would be helpful or interesting. The summer was difficult. I had several complications from the cancer – phlebitis, pneumonia, pneumonitis – and they all took a long time to resolve. But the most difficult event was learning at the end of July that the cancer was continuing to spread despite the drug I was on.  Since then I have

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Susan’s story: Never start smoking, and if you do smoke, quit now.

Art & Susan     Nov 2013 - cropped

Susan grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a time when one in two Canadians over the age of 15 smoked, and smoked everywhere: in workplaces; universities; restaurants; airplanes; even in doctors’ offices. Like many of her generation, Susan started smoking in her teens. By the time she was in her twenties, she was a single mom with a serious addiction to nicotine. When Susan met Art in the ‘80s, the harms of tobacco smoke were becoming better known. Susan knew she had to quit smoking, and once she and Art decided to have more children, she finally had the

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10 facts you should know about COPD


1)      COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 2)      The symptoms of COPD include: a cough that lasts a long time, or coughing up “stuff” (mucus), feeling short of breath, especially when you are making an effort (climbing stairs, exercising), many lung infections that last a long time (the flu, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.) 3)      A “smokers” cough is not normal, if you have a cough that last 3 weeks or longer, you should talk to your doctor. 4)      COPD can be diagnosed with a simple

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Do not share your asthma medications with anyone.

During Lung Month, the Canadian Lung Association would like to remind people not to share their asthma medications with anyone. Asthma is a chronic disease that makes your lungs very sensitive and hard to breathe. Asthma can’t be cured, but with proper treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives. It’s estimated that three million Canadians have asthma. “It is important to note that people with asthma can participate in sports if their asthma is under control,” says Marion Larocque, a certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association of Saskatchewan. “Never borrow someone else’s medications – all asthma medications

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November is Lung Month!

November is national Lung Month and to celebrate, the Canadian Lung Association is urging everyone to think about breathing and why lung health is so important to them and their loved ones. Across the country, there will be a variety of activities, in person and online, to make Canadians more aware of how precious our lungs and our breathing is for all. During Lung Month, the Canadian Lung Association is asking everyone share a breathtaking picture with friends and family through social media. It’s simple and easy to participate. Here’s how: 1)    Post your most breathtaking pic and add #mybreathtakingpic

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