Wednesday is World COPD Day to honor those who have COPD and those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Each November also means it is proclamation season.
A COPD awareness proclamation is signed by the governor and announces November as COPD Awareness Month and officially recognizes the effects of COPD both in that particular state and nationwide.
These proclamations help raise awareness among government officials and can help raise awareness for the COPD Foundation.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third-leading cause of death and the second-leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Early and proper diagnosis is essential to not only improved patient outcomes but also decreased health care costs.
Research, education and awareness are also essential.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is very important in helping the patient exercise while providing guidance regarding other aspects of living with COPD.
As a face of COPD and an advocate, I fight not only for myself but also for others who live daily with COPD.
Get involved. Support and join the forces of COPD Foundation and start to learn to breathe easy.
As always, keep hope in your heart.
Tina Moyer, Middlesburg
The writer is the COPD Foundation state advocacy captain for Pennsylvania.