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COPD can be treated

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) recently surpassed stroke as the third leading cause of death in the United States. In recent years, more women than men have died from COPD.

Yet symptoms of COPD — frequent shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing and excessive phlegm production — are often ignored and dismissed as normal signs of aging or of being out of shape. This helps explain why approximately one in five Americans over the age of 45 are living with this serious disease but don’t know it and furthermore, don’t think it warrants a trip to the doctor.

In people who have COPD, the airways — tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs — are partially blocked, which make it hard to breathe. This dramatically compromises a person’s quality of life by making simple daily tasks like walking up stairs, shopping or singing along to your favorite song difficult.

The good news is that COPD can be treated. As part of National COPD Awareness Month, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific are asking people who may be exhibiting symptoms of COPD to listen to their lungs. Talk with your health care provider about a simple test called spirometry and take the first step toward managing and treating your COPD, and improving your quality of life.

The American Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNG-USA, option 2) is ready to answer any questions you have about COPD symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, excess phlegm production), diagnosis, treatment and any clinical trials you may be eligible to participate in. While you are calling, please check out the location of your local Better Breather’s Club — a free monthly support group for adults with lung disease.

Beverly Stewart

Lake Oswego

Turkey Drive set for Dec. 4 and 5 at Forest Hills, LOJ and LOHS

The marvelous Turkey Drive tradition continues. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, students will be collecting frozen turkey donations in front of Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Oswego Junior High and Lake Oswego High School during early and late arrival student drop-off times.

All proceeds from this important tradition will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bank for distribution to various hunger relief agencies and families in need throughout the Portland area. 

Donations of frozen turkeys, check or cash (checks may be made out to “Oregon Food Bank”) will be gratefully accepted.

Please help spread cheer by helping others in need.

Cheryl Matushak

LOHS Laker Club general treasurer

Holidays are magical time with loved ones

The wintertime brings holiday cheer. All fears disappear. Beautiful snowflakes start softly dancing down from the clouds. Families come together and forget their worries, so they can make the little children happy on their favorite holiday. The kids look forward to school getting out and playing in the powdery snow.

They can write letters to Santa and dream about what the elves and Santa will sneak under the tree on Dec. 25. The smell of peppermint always fills the air. Smelling Christmas treats at every house that you pass. Going out on farms to find the perfect Christmas tree that will complete your house.

It’s a time for hanging shiny ornaments in the right spot. For being grateful for what you have. It’s for walking outside as snow falls around you. For lying in bed, listening for the jingle of Santa’s sleigh. The stockings hung by the fireplace ... waiting to be filled.

This is what Christmas time is all about. Most importantly, it’s about being with the ones you love. Christmas time is a magical time to be spent with your whole family.

Taylor Reid

Seventh-grader in Lakeridge Junior High School’s Academic Merit Program

Lake Oswego

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