In each edition of LungNet News, we will feature some of our Love Your Lungs club members and highlight some key member benefits or resources they find useful and interesting.
Tania, Augusta, Western Australia
Tania has chronic bronchitis, which falls under the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) umbrella and was diagnosed in 2015. She first heard about Lung Foundation Australia via a website search and is one of our newer members, joining earlier this year.
Tania looks forward to receiving her copy of LungNet News each quarter and most enjoys reading about medical updates, the CEO report and the diary dates. She takes a copy of LungNet News to her local Cancer Support Coffee Club each month and says there is always something within the news that is of benefit to someone. “Just to know there is support out there can be of great comfort to a lot of people whether they access it or not. Thank you for the wonderful work you do and the services you provide.”
Our second member would like to remain anonymous, however she is a patient who was diagnosed with bronchiectasis at about 10 years old. In her forties, she developed asthma and takes a preventive puffer to help. She has been a member of Lung Foundation Australia for about 10 years and first heard of us at a support group meeting. She enjoys attending this monthly meeting as it provides access to guest speakers and useful information as well as friendships.
She is now in her 70s and takes very good care of herself. She shared some insights into her daily tips for managing her lung disease. “Clearing my lungs of secretions daily with various physiotherapy methods which although not always easy, is becoming increasingly important, as is daily exercise and a healthy diet which means no junk food.”
Thank you to our two members for sharing their stories and insight into their lives and tips for living with a lung condition. You can encourage people at your local support group or club to join Lung Foundation Australia. For more information, phone freecall 1800 654 301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.