February 23, 2012

Pulmonary Disease Support Group to discuss "Spirituality and COPD"

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Lungs for Life, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) support group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), will meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the medical center’s First Floor Conference Room.

Maury Regional Medical Center Pastoral Care Coordinator Rebecca Payne Duke will deliver a presentation titled “Spirituality and COPD.” Some of the topics she will cover include what is spirituality and how spirituality influences health.

“Today, a growing number of studies reveal that spirituality may play a bigger role in the healing process than the medical community previously thought,” said Duke. “By alleviating stressful feelings and promoting healing ones, spirituality can positively influence immune, cardiovascular, hormonal and nervous systems.”

The term COPD refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD, which is a leading cause of death. The goal of Lungs for Life is to provide education and awareness about COPD in order to promote the self-care and management of the condition. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free program. For more information, call 931.380.4094.