Living with chronic lung disease? The Better Breathers Club can help

By Amanda Schulte Beyeler Feb 8, 2017

Ammar Hussieno, M.D., is a pulmonologist and medical director of thePulmonary Rehab program. He will be the first presenter for the new Better Breathers Club.

Ammar Hussieno, M.D., will be the first guest presenter at the new Better Breathers Club support group at the NERD Health and Wellness Center. 

Dr. Hussieno, a pulmonologist with Casper Pulmonary and medical director of our Pulmonary Rehab program, will talk about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) followed by a question-and-answer session.

The first meeting of the support group was originally set for February, but was rescheduled because of a snow storm.

Designed by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Club is a support group for patients with chronic lung diseases and their caregivers. It offers tools and encouragement for managing COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, lung cancer and other chronic lung disorders. It is locally facilitated by the NERD Health and Wellness Center.

The club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month and offers presentations on exercise, breathing techniques, supplemental oxygen, general medication education, among other topics. Classes are led by trained facilitators including respiratory therapists from Cardiopulmonary Rehab and nurses from the Wellness Department. Presenters will include local physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses and representatives from Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies.  

Member participation, idea recommendations and special event planning is encouraged. There is no cost to join.

More information from the American Lung Association can be found online at www.lung.org. To join the Better Breathers Club at the NERD Health and Wellness Center, call (307) 577-2929.                 

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Amanda Schulte Beyeler

Amanda Schulte Beyeler is a registered nurse and a health and wellness coach at the NERD Health and Wellness Center. She enjoys listening to NPR, exploring new books in the nonfiction section of the library,  and spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their two daughters. 

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