Walking awareness: Christine Jones prepares to participate in the ‘catch your breath walk’.
Walking awareness: Christine Jones prepares to participate in the ‘catch your breath walk’. Blainey Woodham

Walk to raise awareness of disease

TAKING a deep breath is not a simple task for some Tweed residents.

Throughout the region sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease struggle to breathe.

In order to raise awareness of this fact a “Catch your breath walk” has been organised to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The walk will be held in Tweed Heads South on Wednesday, November 17 at 10am DST.

Tweed resident Christine Jones was diagnosed with emphysema seven years ago.

Emphysema is a disease involving lung tissue dysfunction or damage, which results in a person having to breathe in a more exaggerated fashion in order to get sufficient amounts of fresh oxygen.

This is as a result of damage to the air sacs in the lungs, making them less able to allow the transfer of fresh oxygen.

“The walk is to raise awareness and to show people who suffer chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can still be active,” Ms Jones said. “People with emphysema sit at home and think this is their fault, but there are still lots of things they can do. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is incurable, but this walk will raise awareness and show people that we can still be active.”

The walk is the initiative of the Australian Lung Foundation and is being organised by the Tweed Heads-based support known as the Tweed Airway Limitation Support Group.

It will be held at Tweed City Shopping Centre, Tweed Heads South, in front of Kmart.

Walks are being held across Australia next Wednesday, which is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes conditions such as asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis.



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