Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability in the U.S.

There are 30 million people in the U.S. living with COPD, including 694,000 in Pennsylvania.

The official color for COPD is orange. The theme of COPD Awareness Month this year is “Your Lungs for Life.” Wear orange during November to support our fight against COPD.

World COPD Day is Nov. 16 to honor those who have COPD and those that lost their battle with the disease.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is important for every person diagnosed with COPD. It helps them to learn about the illness, what causes it to worsen and how to cope and live with the disease. This offers a better quality of life.

Having COPD is a life-changing event. I not only speak and spread awareness for myself but all the others who are affected by COPD.

Research, education and awareness are essential. Get involved, support and join forces with the COPD Foundation and start to learn to breathe again.

Always keep hope in your heart.

Tina Moyer
COPD Foundation

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