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MADISON COUNTY, KY COPD AWARENESS MONTH

Carolyn and I have been busy today promoting COPD Awareness.  Attached is a picture of us with the County Judge Executive at the signing of a Proclamation, also a copy, declaring November as COPD Awareness month in Madison County. 
 
I had to get up in front of the court, unprepared, to explain about COPD and what we are working towards.  Carolyn said I did a good job.  Wonder if she told the truth? :^)
 
We also went to the newspaper to have it published.  We went to talk to our local hospital to see if we can get a COPD awareness day sponsored in November.  They said they would discuss and see what they could come up with.  We are hoping they will help us.
 
We would love to have a male representative of our group to help.  Are there any KY members willing?
 
When will we have the results of Senator Crapos resolution?
 
Looking forward to the Ohio meeting and hope to lee lots of people there.
 
Jan - KY
Right lung transplant @ Vanderbilt 9/28/99 and breathing easy.  Recycle yourself, be an organ and tissue donor.

   MADISON COUNTY PROCLAMATION

Whereas, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (referred to in this concurrent resolution as COPD) is primarily associated with emphysema and chronic bronchitis, conditions with which 3,000,000 and 9,000,000 people in the United States, respectively, have been diagnosed;

Whereas, COPD is progressive and irreversible:

Whereas, COPD progresses, the airways and alveoli in the lungs lose elasticity and the airway walls collapse, closing off smaller airways and narrowing larger ones;

Whereas, symptoms of COPD include chronic coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, increased effort to breathe, increased mucus production, and frequent clearing of the throat:

Whereas, risk factors for COPD include long-term smoking, a family history of COPD, exposure to air pollution or second-hand smoke, and a history of childhood respiratory

Whereas, more than half of all people who suffer from COPD report that their condition limits their ability to work, sleep, and participate in social and physical activities;

Whereas, more than half of all people who suffer from COPD feel they are not in control of their breathing, panic when they cannot catch their breath, and expect their condition to worsen;

Whereas, 16,000,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of COPD and an estimated 16,000,000 people in the United States with COPD are undiagnosed;

Whereas, nearly 107,000 people died in the United States of COPD in 1998, making COPD the fourth leading cause of death in the United States;

Whereas, COPD accounted for 13,400,000 office visits to doctors in 1997 and 668,362 hospitalizations in 1998;

Whereas, the population in Madison County is 70,872 and in Kentucky is 3,766,325 and the number of COPD cases in the state is 7,081 and of those 10% are in Madison County:

Now Therefore, be it resolved by the Madison County Fiscal Court that November of each year be established as:

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month

 

Kent Clark, Madison County Judge Executive, 10/02/2002

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