Have you been told by your doctor you have COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? That's emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. Or have you been struggling with shortness of breath, cough or phlegm or have frequent exacerbations (when your symptoms require medical intervention)? You want and need more information and support!
Carol is a retired Respiratory Therapist with 41 years in healthcare in Eau Claire and the last 15 worked exclusively with persons with COPD. She's had asthma since childhood and knows what it's like to be short of breath, hospitalized and understands the western medicine strategies and alternative options that can also improve your breathing.
While 25% of those 45-64 years of age struggle with COPD only 2% seek medical help and decide to "tough it out" or search the internet for answers. Your doctor will provide you with inhalers and recommend you stay active, but very few offer specific ways for you to manage your lung disease.
FIT2Breathe! (F2B) is an education and exercise program tailored to your needs and offers information on infection prevention to energy conservation, from nutrition to exercise, breathing techniques and adaptive coping strategies. The goal of F2B is to provide skills that improve your quality of your life, so you not only survive, but thrive. While I will continue to offer this program locally to Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Altoona residents, because of the virtual format, I can also offer it nationally.
Designed to cover all the basic western medicine strategies, FIT2Breathe! also offers an eastern medicine perspective which includes how to relax using qigong, meditation and acupressure self-care points.
The eight hour program would run 2 days a week for 4 weeks.