For more information on what COPD is, please refer to the American Lung Association website, along with some information listed below. Currently, Michelle is at 13% lung function (and is on constant supplemental oxygen), so we are at a critical time to get her on the transplant list.
What Is COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe.
COPD is chronic. In other words, you live with it every day.
It can cause serious long-term disability and early death.
There is no cure for COPD.
COPD is sometimes referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
With COPD, the airways in your lungs become inflamed and thicken, and the tissue where oxygen is exchanged is destroyed. The flow of air in and out of your lungs decreases. When that happens, less oxygen gets into your body tissues, and it becomes harder to get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide. As the disease gets worse, shortness of breath makes it harder to remain active.
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