Jacqui’s Journey with Pulmonary Fibrosis
Hello! My name is Jacqui and I feel very privileged that you have taken the time to join me on my journey with Pulmonary Fibrosis.My journey began in 2010. I was supposed to have surgery on my sinuses and the anesthesiologist was checking me over to make sure I was fit for surgery and noticed a few things. She questioned me about each of the issues. My fingernails were spoon shaped and there wereMore
Marijuana: What are the lung health risks?
The legalization of cannabis has been permeating Canadian conversations for couple of years. Now, it seems that the future of legal cannabis is just around the corner. The main thing we know about cannabis is there are many questions that have yet to be answered. The Lung Association is working to ensure more research is done on the long term effects of cannabis.Many of the harms can be associatedMore
Spring clean your air
Spring is a great opportunity to clean out our closets, revisit resolutions that may have been forgotten and give your lungs a breath of fresh air. This April, add air quality to your spring cleaning list and take a moment to make your surroundings better for your lungs. Trust us – they will thank you.Sadly, air quality is something that’s not completely in our control, as we share the air withMore
Tips for healthy exercise with asthma
Just because you have asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be active — many professional athletes have it. But before you hit the gym or a field, it’s important to understand your body, your disease and how to manage it. Your asthma plan, developed with your healthcare provider, is a great start to getting your asthma under control. Exercise can trigger asthma that’s not under control because it speedsMore
Outdoor air pollution and your lungs
Breathing is easy when it’s easy to breathe. But that’s not always the case. No matter where you live, you likely experience some level of air pollution. This can be caused by traffic, smoke or seasonal smog, among other contaminants. But how does it affect your health?Air pollution is a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide that negatively affect your healthMore
5 Things you can do this Valentine’s Day to show your lungs some love
Valentine’s Day is upon us and with it the hordes of chocolates, cards and flowers. But we want to challenge you to celebrate a little differently.Stretch it out. Go to a yoga class to celebrate your lungs. Deep breathing has proven itself to be a great way to exercise your lungs. This not only helps to reduce stress, it helps to increase your lung capacity.Laugh it up. Go to a comedy showMore
Do you have a cold, flu or pneumonia?
Our ability to breathe is often taken for granted until it’s compromised. When wintertime illnesses take the air out of your lungs, it helps to know what you have so you can treat it accordingly. While your healthcare provider is the best source of information for your specific disease, here is a cheat sheet from The Lung Association to help you sort through the symptoms and get back to breathingMore
Does the freeze make you wheeze?
Winter asthma tipsCold winter air can irritate anyone’s lungs. But, if you have a lung condition such as asthma, the winter air may affect you even more. Cold air can cause the airways in your lungs to tighten up, making it more difficult to breathe.Keeping your asthma under control can help to reduce your risks and help you stay active this winter. Exercise has many benefits for your lungs, yourMore
Avoid Back-to-School Flare-ups
Help your kids avoid the September spike in asthma symptomsAs summer winds down, many parents start gearing up for the school year. That usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, getting ready for school should also include taking steps to protect their kids from the “September Spike” – the sharp rise in kids’ asthma symptoms that happens soonMore
Meet the Lung Health Expert: Dr. Darryl Adamko
Dr. Darryl Adamko is one of two Saskatchewan-based pediatric respirologists (children’s lung doctors) – with a special connection to The Lung Association. As a medical student, Dr. Adamko helped look after the children’s medical needs at our summer asthma camp.As a medical student, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp. Tell us what camp was like for you.It was a great experience. GreatMore