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The Courier, Findley, Ohio
September 5, 2003
You are right. I know a few. But, do you know the ones who are not quite so fortunate?
Probably not, as people with Emphysema have the distinct reputation of being invisible. Why? Many are so sick that they do not venture out to the restaurants and bars you speak of because we dare not take the chance of breathing secondhand smoke. Our breathing is so obstructed that we do well to manage a walk to the mailbox and thatís on good days.
If one does not have an oxygen tank tethered to his body, you really couldnít tell if he was sick as he looks fairly normal considering that most of his lung capacity is gone. I do require supplemental oxygen so you would recognize my disability but you wouldnít have a clue what happened to me.
Did you know that COPD/Emphysema is the fourth
largest killer in our country? Did you know that 30 million Americans suffer
from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) with 110,000 Americans
dying each year? And, I havenít even mentioned lung cancer which kills and
maims thousands every year. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS,
car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. It affects your
pocketbook, but not only with what you are spending. Each pack of cigarettes
sold in the
EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive