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Stephanie Williams, RRTHere is the Crossville COPD Support Group doing a little Tai Chi. Great breathing exercises and good for relaxing large muscle groups.Anyone else do Tai Chi or something similar to improve your breathing?
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clipperMinutes before I saw this I had just finished a QiGong exercise called XI Sui Jing. FYI Tai Chi is a form of QiGong.I started doing QiGong a little over a year ago. It was my first form of exercise, it is what got me up and moving again. QiGong was step 1, now I am at the gym 5 days a week but it started with QiGong. It is great for anyone no matter what their tolerance for exercise is. I still do it everyday. Every morning before I use my inhalers I do about 10 mins to help me stretch, focus and calm my breathing. I also do qi breathing when exercising if I start to get a little too sob. It is an important part of my day. 🙏1 day ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHey Clipper-Thanks for posting this! I thought this would be a great thing for us to incorporate into our COPD Support Group meeting and it was a big hit! If you don't mind, I will share your post with them to let them know that they may be able to build off of this exercise and do more over time. Any advice or info you can share would be great! :)8 hours ago
Made PramanaJust finished a yoga session. Have a nice day :)
Karen DeitemeyerWhat a beautiful place to do your yoga, Made - thanks for sharing the photo with us. Hope you have a nice day, too.1 day ago
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Kristen WillardHi kotysmama!2 days ago
philozI made it. 😀
5 days ago
BrandonAwesome job!5 days ago
CarolineYea!!4 days ago
KandyCongrats thats great!!4 days ago
Made PramanaOh wow congratulation philoz! This is my first time to see a certificate about pulmonary rehabilitation. That's really great. It can motivate us to exercise, to keep moving. It's so cool!4 days ago
Kristen WillardCongrats philoz! Awesome!2 days ago
RPlantFantastic accomplishment! Congratulations!1 day ago
Kristen WillardGreat pic, Amber Lynn! So glad the Patient Advocacy Summit was a good one! Sounds like a great experience.5 days ago
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Karen DeitemeyerToday was a special day - our 50th wedding anniversary!! We celebrated by going out to dinner at the Chart House Restaurant here in town - it's right on the Indian River and we were seated where we could watch the various boats coming into the marina, watch the kite surfers and all the various birds. And the dinner was wonderful!!
Stephanie Williams, RRTHappy Anniversary! So glad you had such a lovely evening. Here's to many more!!1 week ago
Bill Clark - Community ManagerMy 39th today...small world....congrats1 week ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHappy Anniversary, Bill! 1 week ago
dustybillHappy Anniversary Bill and also Karen1 week ago
Vinny MHappy Anniversary to you both!1 week ago
Karen DeitemeyerHappy 39th, Bill - I hope you did something special today to celebrate, too.1 week ago
philozHappy Annaversery and many more.1 week ago
philozHappy 39th Bill1 week ago
Russell954Way to go!! Happy Anniversary.1 week ago
CarolineHappy anniversary Bill and Karen.1 week ago
JeanCongratulations, Karen! See you in DC in November......1 week ago
RPlantHappy Anniversary Karen and Bill! 1 week ago
Gretchen McCrearyCongrats on the golden age! That is wonderful!1 week ago
KandyHappy Anniversary Karen and Bill!!1 week ago
Kristen WillardWonderful! Happy anniversary! <31 week ago
Kristen WillardWonderful! Happy anniversary! 1 week ago
Made PramanaHappy anniversary Karen and also Bill :)1 week ago
Karen DeitemeyerThanks to each of you who sent us congratulations - doesn't seem possible that it's been 50 years!!!!! We definitely do not feel all that old, LOL1 week ago
DonnaA (SSP)Oh congratulations - (I'm sorry it's late....) 50 years is so special - I have a little more than 1.5 years to go.... Happy Anniversary to you to Bill Clark!! Much happinees to both couples!6 days ago
Jason Moury Today, more than 800 respiratory therapists gathered in San Antonio to raise awareness about COPD by breaking a world record for the most amount of people blowing on pinwheels! Great job, great awareness!!
Stephanie Williams, RRTWell done! 1 week ago
Karen DeitemeyerNeat!!! I can just picture someone up on stage saying "blow, blow, blow - keep on, you're almost done" LOL1 week ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHahaha Karen! We deserve to have the tables turned on us don't we? I sometimes think RTs must have a little meanness in us to do those tests. Yelling 'blow, blow, blow!' When we are watching someone's eyes get wider and wider is a little comical sometimes :)1 week ago
Duff MaynardNot so comical Stephanie. LOL1 week ago
CarolineYes, you are just the one to motivate me to blow until I feel dizzy. I am sure that not only are my eyes big, but my face must be beet red.1 week ago
Duff MaynardThe Harmonica for Health group played at the Breathe Strong Rally today in Murfreesboro
Stephanie Williams, RRTAaaand they were terrific!! 1 week ago
KandyGreat job harmonica group!! 1 week ago
Kristen WillardLove this!1 week ago
Jamie SullivanI saw the facebook live video, great job!1 week ago
Duff MaynardCutest Couple at the Breathe Strong Rally in Murfreesboro TN
Stephanie Williams, RRTI cannot tell you how much I appreciate all your hard work in preparation for this. You guys were so great and I know you are an inspiration to lots of people.😊1 week ago
Duff MaynardThank you Stephanie. I'm having so much fun and so are the others. You started something really good and the H4H group is reaping the rewards. You are AWESOME. 1 week ago
Kristen WillardDuff this picture made my day!1 week ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTCutest guy at the Breathe Strong Rally in Murfreesboro, TNLove him!!
LucyMuseCRTAt the Breathe Strong Rally - here's proof#GoOrange
Kristen WillardLove this, LucyMuseCRT! 1 week ago
NancydunThis picture was years ago, I'm in front, my son is on the left, I'm one of the smallest of our family, was hospitalized this week to find why I have pancreatitis so bad. I know when having me breathe in and out, I found the wheezing at it's worse
Kristen WillardThanks for sharing your picture, Nancydun! How are you feeling now? Hope your recovery now that you're out of the hospital is going OK. When is your next visit with your doc?1 week ago
Kristen WillardDepression affects up to 60% of people with #COPD. Do you discuss mental health with your doctor? #WorldMentalHealthDay
2 weeks ago
DonnaA (SSP)Yes I do ... I talk to both my Pulmonologist and my PCP. Thank goodness as it's getting hard to keep the "i'm OK" role going.6 days ago
Made PramanaThis is a bottle of javanese turmeric that I made last week. Turmeric has anti inflammatory effect. 😊
1 month ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHi Made-I don't know why this just showed up in my feed today, but I thought this was interesting. Have you noticed any results from the turmeric? I have recently started adding ginger and turneric to my tea ( I dring tea ALL day), to see if it will help with some inflammation issues I am having. Curious to see if you are finding it helpful...2 weeks ago
Mark S.Zombie Squirrel DOWN!I call this guy "Zombie Squirrel" because I've popped him several times with my air rifle from the kitchen window but couldn't zap him for good...until today. She's had him treed all day long and I've missed him twice today until now and she was on him when he hit the ground!Like I said, they're on the move but me and Baby Girl, we draw the line!
Mark S.Storms passed thru yet again this afternoon but thought I'd share this with everyone here.
CarolineBeautiful.1 month ago
Vinny MGreat photo, Mark. Thanks for sharing.1 month ago
dustybillGreat shot1 month ago
LouanneWow! That's great Mark! Thank you for sharing! 1 month ago
Gretchen McCrearyBeautiful! It reminds us to slow down and look around once in awhile or we will miss it!1 month ago
KandyThats very pretty!! I got a shot of the harvest moon shining on the Lake Oahe Saturday night at the campground. The kids were all out camping. It was an amazing site to see. 1 month ago
CarolineI almost hate to post this because I have said this before and it did not pan out. I think that this round of medication has done the trick. I have felt like myself for the past 2 days.
Ben AKeeping my fingers crossed that this time, you've kicked the infection once and for all.1 month ago
Mark S.YAY Caroline!!1 month ago
Kristen WillardThis makes me so happy, Caroline! Love your smile.1 month ago
clipperThat is great, happy for you. Keep smiling. 1 month ago
Karen DeitemeyerWOO HOO!! You look great!! So glad you're feeling good again :-)1 month ago
KandyLookin great Caroline!! Glad your feeling great now!! 1 month ago
Mark S.Last Show 'n Tell.Ah, my little "friend" the cactus! Thorny little devil!!
Mark S.Next Show 'n Tell,The reeds that I dug up from the lake shore and brought back to the koi pond. It is odd that we've been taking the girls out there for a couple of years now but I'm just now catching on to some of this and what I can do with it.
Mark S.Show 'n Tell time.This is a pic of the lilly pad seeds we collected and brought home to germinate next spring for the koi pond.Hopefully this will take the place of buy pond plants online and then the koi eating them! The lillys will be grown in underwater pots. I think I have plenty to experiment with.
Kristen WillardYou are killing me with this, Mark. Pun intended!1 month ago
Vinny MHow long was she waiting there?1 month ago
Mark S.She started early when I went out at around daylight and this was right before I posted so quite awhile.Squirrel tried to "shoot the gap" but wasn't quick enough : )The girls tell that squirrels are just bushy tailed rats anyway!1 month ago
Vinny MHow many times have they brought one back in the house?!1 month ago
Mark S.I won't let them bring any in the house. Usually after they're sure the critter is dead they'll let me have it and I sling them by the tail (way, way) over the fence. Some cat somewhere gets seconds. : )The critters are on the move here now and I'm expecting more. I've seen them all over town running back and forth in people's yards.Going to be an exciting fall!1 month ago
Mark S.Title of picture is: "There is a squirrel in this tree and I'm not leaving til I get him!"
Kristen WillardIt's going to be a loooooooong day for her!1 month ago
Mark S.Long day for the squirrel too! : D1 month ago
CarolineI would like you to meet my new best friend. I have been with her for over 2 weeks now. I have not mentioned her prior to this because I was not sure the relationship was going to last.I guess that it may be a permanent relationship. She does make life much more complicated, but she also makes doing things much easier.
2 months ago
HIcopdYes, her twin is my travel buddy. We've been traveling together since I bought her 2 years ago! She goes about 35,000 miles every year! She replaced the EverGo and I love that she has a continuous flow mode which I use for sleep at altitude and when ill. 2 months ago
CarolineHICOPD, One of my friends just named her AierYana. Maybe her twins name is AierNana.1 month ago
HIcopdHey, whatever improves our quality of life makes me smile! :-)1 month ago
Mark S.The title of this picture is: "First we steal your heart, then we steal your bed!"
clipperThat is great. A little while ago I walked by my bedroom to see my cat on the bed in a very similar position. They totally own us. 2 months ago
Made PramanaHahaha that's funny! 2 months ago
dustybillAll the comfort and no worries... love my pet.2 months ago
Kristen WillardYes!!!! There they are!2 months ago
CarolineThe girls deserve the bed.2 months ago
Mark S.Remi (13 yrs), the little brindle sleeps between me and Pam's pillows every night. Pandi-Poo, (on her back) usually starts out between me and the edge but then slips out sometime every night and goes to the guest bedroom and stretches out in the guest bed so she can keep an eye on "things."Nothing gets by that she doesn't see : )2 months ago
Made PramanaI'm taking an one year break in my medical school. I have one year off now. I'm still trying to figure out what I am I going to do, but hopefully I'll find good activities to do. Here is a picture of my campus. The upper left side is my classroom.
Karen DeitemeyerI know you were thinking about taking a break - can you do some volunteer work in your community during this next year? I'm sure that you'll find things to do that you'll enjoy.That's a wonderful picture, Made. Is that a statue of Ganesh?2 months ago
CarolineVery nice picture. Kick back and let things work themselves out. That sounds good, but I have never been able to do it.2 months ago
HIcopdI think it makes good sense to take a break and work on your health and refocus so you can later return to Med school with renewed focus. 2 months ago
philozHabitat for humanities is a good way to give you brain a break and use other muscles. But don't forget to take some time for you.2 months ago
Kristen WillardIt's always lovely to see photos from everyone's lives! Everyone above has good ideas for you. Like Val said, making sure you feel as good as possible for returning to school will be a good focus for your year. I will be excited to see what this year brings you!2 months ago
Made PramanaThank you so much for your great feedback. Yes I want to feel as good as possible for returning to school; physically and mentally. I will keep my health on track. I need to create a good mind set, more positive thinking. I like to be a volunteer, it makes me feel great. I will do good activities that makes me happy.Thank you!2 months ago
Made PramanaThat's true Karen, it's a statue of Ganesh. :)2 months ago
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Stephanie Williams, RRTIs there a way for me to push your post out to my FaceBook page? I could copy and paste, but I was wanting it to link back to the Foundation website. I thought I had done it before, but maybe I dreamt it :)2 months ago
Kristen WillardLove this, Russell! Will you sing with the group? Safe travels. 2 months ago
Karen DeitemeyerThis is great, Russell!! Hope you'll have some extra time to explore the UK?2 months ago
KandyGood going Russell!!! 2 months ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHow exciting! Hope you have a great trip!2 months ago
CopdathleteI will be singing, not sure if that's a good thing Kristen. It's mostly an awareness trip to France and England Karen but we hope to have a few days to explore. Thanks for the well wishes.2 months ago
Kristen WillardHi Phoenix and welcome!2 months ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTHi Phoenix - Glad you are here!2 months ago
pete steeleThanks ladies, this is all new to me so will probably take a bit of time to get used to this, but I am looking forward to it 😊2 months ago
KandyWelcome Pete hope you read all the info at the top of the home page. There is a lot of info that would be of great help. 2 months ago
pete steeleYes Kandy, thank you, I've had this illness for around 4 years now & have watched all aspects of my life change, they did consider transplant surgery but because of mitigating circumstances decided that i was an unsuitable candidate, so all I can do is try to stay positive keep fit eat healthy and avoid stress & sickness, not a big ask, just did a oxomitey test last night so will be interesting to see the results. 2 months ago
Made PramanaWalking everyday! ;)
philozYou have said you need to eat more. When you walk reward yourself with a treat like ice cream or pie. Some thing which adds empty calories to make up for whatvyoubare burned off walking. I have to go the other direction and loose weight. I would happily give you twenty or thirty pounds. Lol keep up the good fight and have a good day.2 months ago
Kristen WillardLove this! What app are you using?2 months ago
Made PramanaYes philoz I need to reward myself by eating an ice cream a day. I wish we can transfer fat, would love to have it lol. Thanks.Hi Kristen, the name of the app is Endomondo. :)2 months ago
Uncle JimAt the headstone of my lung donor...with the two women to whom I owe my life; Mary, who has spent so much of her life acting as my caregiver, and Cristina, who under the worst of circumstances, agreed to the donation of David's organs. Without them, I would not be celebrating my 76th birthday today. A lot of love in this picture.
3 months ago
CarolineHappy 76.3 months ago
dustybillHappy Birthday3 months ago
Gretchen McCrearyBeautiful! Happy Birthday!3 months ago
Kristen WillardWhat a beautiful gift. Happy birthday!3 months ago
Vinny MHappy Birthday!3 months ago
KandyHappy Birthday Jim the best gift ever, gift of life!!!3 months ago
Fabiana TalbotThank you for sharing this photo and story, Jim. Beautiful and touching!! 3 months ago
DonnaA (SSP)Happy Birthday Jim - Yes, The Best Gift Ever!3 months ago
AnonymousHappy Birthday uncle Jim.. What a beautiful story bless you your caregiver and donor and family. The gift of life is so Precious... Truly touches my heart.. ((((((hugs))))) Tina3 months ago
Vinny MThere's the famous Nathan's out past left field.
Vinny MForgot the photo!
BrandonBeautiful way to wrap up the week, have a terrific evening! 3 months ago
Vinny MThanks Brandon!3 months ago
Mark S.THE ones!I got a great care-giver and wife, I'm tellin' ya!
patrickd72I was going to ask what kind of speakers but looks like klipsch horns. Very nice. Newer, older? Classic for sure. And I think I see tubes as well.3 months ago
Karen DeitemeyerWOW!!! It looks as if you've got some serious audio equipment in that room, Mark!!3 months ago
Mark S.Yep, if I'll drive nearly a 1000 miles for a pair of speakers, it is a little more than a life-long hobby of mine.But so you all know, I really like smooth jazz - smooth tenor sax and acoustic guitar is on probably my favorite.I never learned to play an instrument but I like to listen. ; )They ARE Klipsch patrick72 and I've wanted a set all of my life!3 months ago
jp3289Wow! Would I ever love to hear that. My home town is outskirts of New Orleans.3 months ago
Mark S.Watching for big trucks and thunderstorms!
Kristen WillardOk I promise I read all of your other updates -- I'm thrilled to hear about your responsive doc (yesss!) and your road trip. But you know these pics always make my day! Look at these happy girls! 3 months ago
Mark S.One of the "road trip girls."
Ben ATHERE we go. Sully and Murphy snoozing and cuddling.
dustybillMakes me want to take a nap3 months ago
Sokcap48Got to love thos children!😃3 months ago
Karen DeitemeyerAwww - adorable!!3 months ago
CarolineWell, I did not do this correctly, but here is one of my little buddies. She is lying by my keyboard singing me a song as I type. She teaches me many things. She had to have ear surgery, but she resumed living life as normal. Animals do better with disabilities than we do.3 months ago
Karen DeitemeyerShe's beautiful, Caroline!! 3 months ago
Kristen WillardPretty girl. I love her pink accent color. :)3 months ago
dustybillI'm sure she brings lots of comfort - mine does3 months ago
MerrySo pretty! What is her name?3 months ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTI love her little floppy ear! It makes her look so sweet :)3 months ago
CarolineHer name is Snowball and she is the sweetest cat that I have ever had.3 months ago
Stephanie Williams, RRT
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Stephanie Williams, RRTThis is our COPD support group that meets at Cumberland medical center in Crossville, Tennessee. I am so proud of this group!!!!4 months ago
Kristen WillardI love that you shared this. It is so nice to see these faces!3 months ago
Mark S.Another super busy day but I wouldn't have it any other way (kinda rhymes huh?).Here's the pic of my other girl Remi or "Remi-roo" as she used to known when she would clear my 6' stockaid fence and run the hood! Very free spirit this girl has but I never had the heart to take that away - hence why she is so spoiled!They spoil SO easily but I wouldn't have them any other way!Mark S.
Sara LathamWe are in the office on social and saw this adorable puppy. I am a huge animal lover and have a greyhound at home. Thanks for sharing the picture of Remi!4 months ago
Delia PrietoShe's beautiful! I have two Yorkies, Penelope and Lilly =) It's hard not to spoil them when they look at you with an innocent little face!4 months ago
Mark S.Remi was probably 9-10 yrs when that pic was taken and she turned twelve this spring. A little more grey like me butSTILL chasing and treeing squirrels every chance she gets and is a major league critter-getter.Remi is also the matriarch of this little "sisterhood" here....4 months ago
MerryWhat a sweet face!4 months ago
Kristen WillardYes, a sweet face and such sweet eyes! I love everyone sharing pictures now. Thanks Mark. 3 months ago
dustybillGreat picture of a true friend3 months ago
Mark S.I'll try again......here's the "biggest Daddy-girl" resized.
Bill Clark - Community ManagerLove it!!!!!4 months ago
Vinny MGreat photo, Mark!4 months ago
Kristen WillardThere she is! Love that smile! :)4 months ago
Mark S.Thank you all!I will post a pic of my "first born" when I can resize it right. I don't want to brag but she's a looker too : )Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without these two - they simply just pull me thru the worst of times and are my constant companions.Don't get me wrong, sometimes it isn't easy and it takes a lot of attention and work but its always worth every bit of it.All they ask in return is: "Love me, feed me and never leave me.....!"Mark S.4 months ago
Sokcap48Yes-man can be dogs best friend, just ask my Beagle 😀4 months ago
dustybillnothing like an animal to give love as well as receive it.4 months ago
Jane MartinSo true, dustybill! Our little Bailey was such a happy dog, sometimes his tail wagged him! Even during sad times, he knew just how to give us comfort and cheer. 4 months ago
Kristen WillardIt is a great second day at CMSA 2016. Deb and I have been talking to case managers about the many ways they can support their patients with COPD. What kinds of things would you like us to share with them?
Karen DeitemeyerGlad you're having a good conference, Kristen!! Please share that I wish they would make sure that each COPD patient has been provided with the following (either by them or by a team member):An Action Plan and how to use it to avoid exacerbationsHow to purse lip breathe and whenEducational materials on what COPD isInstruction on how to use inhalersA referral to pulmonary rehabilitation or if not possible, instruction on the importance of exercise either at home or in a gym, Y, or other facilityMaking sure the patient can afford and can get the meds that were prescribed. Help to find alternative meds or alternative providers (i.e., the pharmaceutical company may have a patient assistance program)Making sure the patient receives the portable oxygen system that will work best for him, if it has been prescribed.Smoking cessation meds or programs if patient is still using tobacco productsReferrals to both on-line support groups like COPD360Social and in-person ones, such as Better Breather Clubs.I'm sure there are more, but that's all I can think of at the moment.4 months ago
Stephanie Williams, RRTLooks good, Kristen!I love the monitors! I hope you have had a lot of traffic by the booth :)4 months ago
Kristen WillardThanks guys! We had an amazing amount of traffic at the booth -- Deb and I are so impressed with the number of interested case managers stopping by and their investment in the COPD community. Karen, thank you for these excellent points -- Deb and I took these forward today and will do so again tomorrow. I think the points that seemed to click with them most were the educational materials, the COPD action plan (many were very excited to see this -- particularly because it was specific to COPD), the Info line and COPD360Social. We stressed just how active this community was and how rich the interaction was no matter time of day or topic.4 months ago
philozFeel free to share my story with anyone you think it might make a difference to. When my mother died In 1994 I did not have a clue what copd was and no one could tell me. Now I wish they could have. Good luck getting the word out.4 months ago
Made PramanaLove to know that Kristen have a nice day :)4 months ago
Made PramanaOops I forget to post the picture ;)
Kristen WillardLove this. Happy yoga day! I have seen in several places in the states they are holding huge yoga practices. Times Square in NYC was one of them, I believe.4 months ago
Vinny MCool photo, Made. Thanks for posting!4 months ago
Made PramanaYes Kristen, it's nice to do yoga together with some friends or family. Doing yoga with hundred of people will make good photos too :)4 months ago
Vinny MGreat evening in Coney Island. Opening night for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Kristen WillardSo cool, Vinny! Looks like it was a perfect night for a game.4 months ago
RPlantI heard Elvis Duran talking about the Brooklyn Cyclones this morning!4 months ago
philozenjoy4 months ago
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Bill Clark - Community ManagerIn Paris for Global COPD Conference
Karen DeitemeyerGreat picture, Bill!! I recognize Jason, too, but not sure who the other person is?4 months ago
Bill Clark - Community ManagerRt from Hong Kong4 months ago
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