The Clear Lungs Blog

An adventure can last a lifetime. The only criteria: you have to be able to breathe. So we do promote awareness of progressive lung diseases. We also believe that as we get older, we get better. That no matter what our health challenges, we can work around them to become stronger and happier.

Clear Lungs Cabins

I  can't get enough of fabulous scenery like this spot near Silver Bay on Lake Superior. But I I often rent a nice vacation spot only to find out I can't breathe inside. I am sensitive to perfumes of all kinds. I have stripped all...

Athletes at Senior Games thrive on competition

I was lucky enough to compete in one of the largest gatherings of senior athletes in the country. This was the last thing I did before going through a full knee replacement in September. Today, seven months after that surgery, I am almost back in the...

New research shows that exercise is essential to managing COPD

At the COPD Foundation's national conference in Chicago June 5-6, the research summaries reinforced my personal experience with COPD, especially on the importance of daily exercise and alternatives, like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation. They also shared the need for doctors and potential patients to have...

4 smart moves for a climber with COPD

I have been a climber since I was in my mid-30s. When I’m on rock or ice, I am in a very relaxed state. I’m balanced and flowing. I have no pain and my breathing is easy. A novice climber wouldn’t experience this, of course, but...

The best 5 things I do to breathe easier

When I first met Alice, she kept telling me to slow down, relax, and take better care of myself. "Stop going 100 mph all the time," she said. "Take yoga. Learn to meditate. Calm down!" I finally started listening. Here are five things I do now...