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There are several pulmonary rehabilitation centres in Quebec, the purpose of which is to gain a better understanding of respiratory disease, and help promote a more active lifestyle.
Several studies have shown that this type of program favours a better understanding of the illness, helps control shortness of breath and, consequently, improves quality of life. Once you have registered, your case is handed over to a multidisciplinary team composed of pneumologists, physiotherapists, nurses, respiratory therapists, ergotherapists, psychologists and dietitians.
In September of last year, the Quebec Lung Association (QLA) seized an opportunity to open the first community-coordinated pulmonary rehabilitation centre, in its very own premises. The culmination of this projet is the result of several years of relentless work and we are extremely proud of this achievement. The program being offered is intended for people suffering from chronic pulmonary disease or other respiratory conditions, who are limited by shortness of breath on a daily basis.
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The following is an inspiring story featuring Mrs. Ginette Laterreur, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). «A few years ago, after a serious episode of bronchitis, I was placed in the care of the MUHC. After receiving valuable advice, medication and encouragement from Dr. Claude Poirier, I managed to quit smoking, but I continued to be limited by shortness of breath on a daily basis, which increased my discomfort and anxiety. That was when he suggested that I refocus on physical activity using an exercise and respiratory rehabilitation program. What a fabulous gift of life!»
Respiratory rehabilitation and fitness rebuilding:
«Here, we are taught from day one to INHALE, lips tight, and each one of us feels the beneficial effects: our joints were now loosened and we regained more breath!
The group of 8 to 12 participants meets three times a week at the gym for exercise classes that include cycling, treadmill, stepping, muscle building, not to mention blackboard lessons and a meeting with a dietitian. Each one of these steps is stimulating! Here at the gym, we are fortunate to be surrounded by professionals, which is something we view as important, since the human aspect is just as helpful as the medical aspect. Patient and dedicated listeners who teach us the appropriate moves, correct us and act as excellent guides; and always with a smile, against a background of music!
In a short span of time, owing to motivation and determination, we managed to improve our quality of life, our energy and our well-being!
Not so long ago, I was finding it difficult to walk the dog without pausing to catch my breath. When it came to performing errands, I had reached the point where I was having my groceries delivered. Simple tasks were even worse; they became veritable chores. Everything was a source of concern, frustration and anxiety! After a mere 20 sessions, I observed a significant difference in my daily life. Now I see life differently and I am looking forward to spring. I’ll be able to take long walks on the the river’s edge, and feel better equipped to do my shopping without feeling anxious! The participants have created solid bonds of mutual support. We’ve developed a lovely complicity and of course, each one of us is determined to attain his or her personal goals. By the end of the program, I improved my treadmill walking distance by 37% within the prescribed time. In closing, my fondest wish is that several other people with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, may in turn enjoy the benefits of these programs. It is up to society, you and me, to take concrete action by spreading the word about Centre Inspir’er, not to mention donations, which can make a huge difference!»
Life doesn’t scare me anymore, and I have confidence in myself !
For the past several years, the QLA has been helping people with pulmonary health problems, and their loved ones. Your donations are significantly important since they allow us to take concrete measures in dealing with the numerous consequences linked to the 78 respiratory illnesses we deal with at the provincial level. Help us make a real difference in the lives of people like Mrs. Laterreur and the 6 million Canadians suffering from a pulmonary illness. Your support for our services will represent a veritable breath of fresh air.
Let’s treat ourselves to health this year !