We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they’re actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. Nominate your favorite blog by emailing us at [email protected]!
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. If you or a loved one is living with COPD, you aren’t alone.
Around 15.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and over half of U.S. adults with poor lung function didn’t know they had COPD. Some people may not notice early symptoms, while others may think their shortness of breath and coughing is a natural part of aging.
COPD can’t be cured, but there are treatments to manage the condition and make your daily life easier. We’ve collected these blogs because they offer a little bit of everything — from information to community forums. They offer support to help you learn more about COPD and connect with others living with it.
COPD Foundation Blog
The COPD Foundation’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for those with COPD. In addition to research, advocacy, and education, the Foundation’s blog offers a place for people to share their stories. Posts include personal journeys from diagnosis to treatment. For example, there’s this one from Carol Rubin, member of the COPD Foundation’s State Advocacy Program. There’s also information on different drugs and diagnostic tools. Inspiring stories from patients, caregivers, and researchers remind you that you’re not alone. Visit the blog.
COPD, Learn More Breathe Better
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is dedicated to providing research, training, and education to treat and prevent heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. Its COPD blog is a good place to go for medical facts and statistics, especially if you’re in the early stages of getting a diagnosis. Posts offer a good explanation of common tests to examine lung function and a breakdown of treatment options. Visit the blog.
Respiratory Therapy Cave
This blog is dedicated to the respiratory therapy profession. Creator John Bottrell and his editorial team at Respiratory Therapy Cave discuss COPD and other breathing conditions from the perspective of caregiving professionals. Some posts tell stories about experiences with patients and others offer helpful information. You can find an entire section on COPD with lots of insightful posts, like “What not to say to end stage COPDers.” Visit the blog.
If you’re looking for a social network to ask questions and engage with others, COPD Connect is a good place to go. The platform makes it easy for members to share the latest news, ask for recommendations from others, and more. It’s also well organized, so you can easily separate news articles and videos from ongoing message board discussions. Visit the blog.
Do More with Oxygen
Do More with Oxygen offers ways to live better with COPD. Blog posts include lifestyle tips, like low-impact exercises and dietary changes, as well as coverage on medical topics, like treatment options. The goal is to educate and empower people with COPD to improve their health and live well. Visit the blog.
Inogen Oxygen Education Blog
Inogen is a company that makes portable, compact oxygen machines for people who are on oxygen therapy. It was founded with the goal of helping oxygen users, like one grandmother with COPD, have more freedom and independence. The company’s blog offers information about oxygen use and tips for living with COPD. You’ll find posts that address lifestyle, like traveling with oxygen, and some that address medical issues. Visit the blog.
COPD and athlete — they don’t sound like words that go together. But for Russell Winwood, a triathlete living with COPD, they do. He completed his first Ironman race after being diagnosed with COPD. Russell’s blog shares inspiring stories of COPD athletes, along with diet and exercise advice for staying active, and other COPD news. Visit the blog.
Each Breath by American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is dedicated to fighting for healthy lungs and healthy air. On their blog, Each Breath, you’ll find information about diagnosis, treatment, and healthy lifestyle changes to manage your condition. There are also personal stories from people living with breathing conditions and updates on the latest health and policy news. Visit the blog.
Exhale by the Lung Institute
The Lung Institute is a resource for people diagnosed with chronic breathing conditions. Being educated helps you to better understand and live with your condition. The blog answers questions about symptoms and offers lifestyle tips for managing COPD. Read what research says about medical marijuana and COPD and how to know if you should be tested for COPD. Visit the blog.