Apologies for the delay in posting friends. I have been flat out over the last few days but finally, have the chance to sit down and put fingers to keyboard.

As many of you know, my beloved father passed away on the 26th March and many of you are also aware that I had almost three and a half weeks with him while he was on life support in the Tamworth Base Hospital ICU. What you may not be aware of is the cohort of lung diseases that put him there and the campaign to make people more aware of it this winter.

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Most people knew Dad was a heavy smoker and had been for as long as I can remember. Of course this leads to medical issues such as COPD which stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AKA: COPD). This is an umbrella term for chronic diseases of the lungs and upper respiratory tract such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema (among others) which are non-reversible once diagnosed and the ongoing damage caused by these diseases is also non reversible.

As you can imagine, once the lungs are adversely affected, breathing becomes difficult and infections of the lungs and upper respiratory tract become more common with patients often being hospitalised and placed on oxygen therapy. On Sunday the 13th March, dad was medevaced from Inverell by helicopter to Tamworth and placed under sedation and on life support to give his tired, over-worked lungs a break.

What the doctors found while Dad was on life support was that he had less than 10% lung capacity due to the emphysema which came about due to his decades of smoking. Now I’m not going to preach about the evils of smoking and how bad it is for you…that’s not what this blog is for. But I am going to tell you about the #havethechat campaign that the Lung Foundation (a cause I have supported for many years) is currently undertaking It’s a little hard to explain so I’ll direct you to the Foundation website whose link can be found below.

http://lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat/

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