Everyone agrees: Pulmonary rehab helps people who have COPD. So why do so few access it?

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  • Ian says:

    Thank you!
    I definitely have to do this…

  • Donna Micks says:

    Wow I am so looking forward to learning all about the six week on learning how to exercise and eat properly to help my COPD that I will be going to when they start opening up after Covid19

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  • Emely Wakhona says:

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  • Patricia Bordula says:

    I have Copd and cant hardly walk anymore due to lack of oxygen its terrifying living like this. Really need advice as to what I can do. I feel my lifes almost over at 60 yrs of age

    Patricia Bordula
    Hanna, Alberta

    • Tina says:

      Hi Patricia, I work at the Edmonton General & we can try to connect you with a program closer to your home.

  • Patricia Bordula says:

    Where are this programs located, I have COPD and have very limited breathing, walking a few feet is a real effort anymore. I’m terrified at what’s to come if I dont do something

    Hanna, Alberta

  • Michael Verzuu says:

    I was diagnosed with COPD 5 years or so ago. I foolishly smoked for 40 years believing the myth that if you quit, your lungs would recouperate almost fully after 10 years or so. Nobody (including my doctor) ever made me aware of COPD. It was only due to having a potentially cancerous growth diagnosis and subsequent laser surgery that prompted me to quit smoking cold turkey. I used to go to the gym regularly and the smoking never seemed to impede my progress. It’s only the last couple of years that I have found out more regarding CPOD. I had quit the gym due to my new work schedule but recently went back to my 5 to 7 kilometre hikes that I used to enjoy so much. I can still do it but find I have to stop to catch my breath more often than I used to and occasionally use my puffer. I take Trelegy inhaler on a daily basis and my lung capacity has increased from 42 to 51 percent capacity in the last year according to my respirolagist. Although my work schedule limits my ability to go to rehab, I would still be interested in learning more about proper exercises and programs available to me in York Region.

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  • Elaine Dickie says:

    centres in Edmonton and area?

    • Abigail says:

      I was just doing some research related to this and I was told the Edmonton Health Zone offers pulmonary rehabilitation at six sites around the region. Edmonton General Hospital and a primary care network in the region also offer sessions throughout the year. I am not sure of details, but you can try to contact the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services – ask for Allied Health. Good luck!

  • Cynthia says:

    I think that this is something that would be good for me. Are there any rehab centres in Toronto?

  • Carmen says:

    Hi I Was wondering if,you Know of Any in Southern Alberta?
    At your Earliest,Convenience.

  • Marlene says:

    I would appreciate having a support group as apparently I’m at the end of Life with COPD I think I could still put up a fight I get a little better if I only had encouragement to do so I’ve been a widow since I was 28 years old with three boys and that was 61 years old my name is Marlene

    • Marla Beauchemin says:

      My boy friend is 46 years old and just got diagnosed with COPD. He is really scared. The dr hasn’t sent him for any test. I am the only REAL support he has. We live I Winnipeg and wound like to have as much info and support as possible. Can someone contact me plz?

      • Lori says:

        HI Marla,

        I was recently diagnosed with COPD, as I smoked unfortunately. Would love to connect. Maybe grab a coffee I just moved to winnipeg.

  • sam plover says:

    One thing that should be encouraged is social interaction among people with COPD. People with COPD need others who understand and live with the disease. I was denied rehab, based on my FV1 and every pulmunologist worth his salt knows that the FV1 is for diagnosis and symptoms nor life expectancy correlate with an FV1. No two COPD patients are the same.
    I finally after a push from my GP was ‘allowed’ to do rehab, but the program is such that it only allows patients to enter again 2 years later. The second time I was refused again.
    It is imperative for people who “do not feel up to it”, to have a community of support to urge them on and many people with an illness just cannot make themselves take care of themselves at home alone. Some provinces or states have a Better Breathers, where like-bodied people can get together. I think it would be very helpful to have ongoing COPD rehabs and have patients pay a fee after their provincial freeby. In this way, COPD patients can build a social community which could develop into mutual friendships. Friendships and support is healing physically and mentally. And a lot more understanding than cold physicians offices.
    Being breathless all the time is isolating in itself, who feels like walking or talking when you are so breathless.
    No two people with copd are the same and it is time the health industry starts treating each person with COPD with respect no matter how they became with COPD.
    Everyone deserves the same healthcare, whether you became ill through an addiction or through no fault of your own.
    I think taxes are added to the addiction products, to pay for healthcare later in the patients life….kind of ironic, the government chooses to supply addiction causing agents, then taxes it highly, but the tax payer addicts are some of the most poorly treated individuals in healthcare.
    Another thing I have to remind everyone employed in the sickness industry, is that, if not for illness, there would be an awful lot of people without jobs.

    • Marlene says:

      Hi I Live in Winnipeg it would be great to have somebody to go for walks with that at COPD is well I do have a tank though I did the wellness Institute program three times now I just keep feeling good getting worse and worse I do believe a part of his needing a support group if you would like my number just text message me and ask

    • Marlene says:

      Hi Sam I agree with you there has to be more people with COPD so we can form together a group and support one another I have COPD I need a tank I think if I had a lot of practice walking with people I could I am a widow so I don’t have anybody to walk with me or I could probably I am a widow so I don’t have anybody to walk with me or I could probably Through my tank to the curb but there’s no support to do that If you like to contact me by Facebook or phone let me know it would be nice to have a support groupg

  • Sachin Pendharkar says:

    Thank you for drawing attention to this issue. The lack of pulmonary rehab resources, despite excellent supporting evidence, is a critical gap for a large number of patients. One challenge is that many patients require ongoing rehabilitation to sustain benefit, or need to attend more than once – this increases the demand for the services and highlights the problem further.

    • Jeanette Gibson says:

      Good Morning!
      This is exactly what I am looking for! I live in Winnipeg, MB, and I am wondering is,any such program exists here in my city. I was diagnosed with non-smoker COPD eight yrs ago. Thanking you sincerely, Jeanette Gibson


Dafna Izenberg


Dafna is the Managing editor of special projects at Maclean’s Magazine.

Seema Marwaha


Seema Marwaha is a general internal medicine physician, educator, researcher and journalist in Toronto.

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