Club helps patients with lung disease

LAFAYETTE , Ind. (WLFI) – A new organization in Lafayette hopes to help those in our community who suffer from lung disease.

It’s called the Better Breathers Club. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Nurse Tonya Mitchell said the club will hold monthly meetings, and focus on how to better live with the disease.

Mitchell said it’s important for people to know they’re not alone in their fight.

“Maybe they’re short of breath doing regular activities, carrying in groceries, little things that maybe we take for granted when we don’t have lung disease,” said Mitchell. “To be around somebody else who knows that experience maybe can help them through it.”

“You feel alone out there and it’s so much nicer to be around people that have the disease and you can relate to each other,” said COPD patient Karen Lowry. “I just can’t stress enough the support you need when you have it.”

All meetings are free. The first meeting will take place on March 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Healthy Living Center at 1116 N. 16th St.

For more information on the Better Breathers Club, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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