Published: 00:01, 18 November 2014 |
A woman from Dover who was diagnosed with lung disease has been raising awareness for World COPD Day on Wednesday.
Lizzi Stephens, of Folkestone Road, was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease two years ago.
She will be supporting the British Lung Foundation’s campaign Living with COPD by posting photos of the things she still loves doing to raise awareness of the importance of self-management.
“People need to understand that having this condition doesn’t mean losing your ability to do the things you love. It’s all about managing the condition properly and taking each day as it comes.”
COPD incorporates the conditions previously known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It kills 30,000 a year in the UK – more than any type of cancer other than lung cancer.
At the age of 52, she was told she only had 50 percent lung function and has been affected by breathlessness for decades.
She is part of the British Lung Foundation support group, Breathe Easy Dover and leads a singing group.
This World COPD Day the charity is launching its first nationally available COPD Patient Passport, a guide to help people affected by COPD.
People can follow and share their photos on Twitter by using the hashtag #LiveCOPD. They can also text ‘COPD’ to 70500 to donate £5 to help the BLF fight the growing impact of COPD on the UK’s health.
Breathe Easy Dover meets Friday, November 21 and Friday, December 19, 2-4pm at the Triangles Community Centre, Poultons Close, CT17 0HL and from January 8 they will be every 2nd Friday of the month, 2-4pm at Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Whitfield, CT16 3LY.
For more information email email@example.com.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.