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Ksmiles123

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 Dear Kel,Hello! I feel for you. You are not alone on this journey. So many do not understand the impact of NTM/Bronchiectasis has on a patient's life since it is usually an invisible disease. Multiple educational degrees or no formal education...

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Ksmiles123

Ksmiles123Hello! Do you have trouble staying asleep at night?
The link below offers a few good tips. Please remember the tips on prevention of acid reflux symptoms previously posted as well. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/ss/slideshow-worst-jobs-for-sleep

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     PIC line in my arm, not "art" haha...

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    Kel

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     I applied for disability on my own the first time, knowing that it would probably get denied. I included all the paperwork. Tons! I then hired a disability attorney that was recommended to me by someone who had success. She helped me apply the...

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    Ksmiles123

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     Great suggestions.If your doctor completes the forms, is there still a possibility that the SS doc will see you as well?...

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    MLScommented onApplying for Disability Benefits

      Applying for SS. disability, two things made it much easier for me and I received it on my first try. At the time I was 56.1. Hire a lawyer, try to find one that worked for SSA. Your doctor can probably give you a reference. The lawyer’s fee is...

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    Ksmiles123

    Ksmiles123

    Hello! The link below discusses air quality.
    https://www.stateofglobalair.org/air

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      Ksmiles123

      Ksmiles123

      Hello! Have you tried alternative medicine? Please respond with your comments, both positive and negative so that other members can learn from your experiences.
      https://www.verywell.com/traditional-chinese-medicine-what-you-need-to-know-88936

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        Ksmiles123

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         You are welcome! Good luck with the transition....

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        Irene

        Irenecommented onApplying for Disability Benefits

         Thank you. Valuable info as I find it difficult continuing work...

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        Bud

        Budanswered the question Cause(s) of Bronchiectasis

        My Bronchiectasis is believed by Lung Specialist to have started with Acid Reflux at night then aspiration pneumonia. Personally I don't really care as I have it and it is what it is. I've been treated since 2010 but have had symptoms for over 25 years, …
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        Tracie Sullivan COPDF StaffCheck out this new animated and brief video talking about grassroots advocacy! What is advocacy? Watch this video, I bet you have already participated in an advocacy activity and didn't even realize!


        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuAj2I0hXAw

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        Ksmiles123

        Ksmiles123http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/protecting-your-lungs/

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          K Merry

          K Merry

          Thank you, KSmiles, for the water filtration websites. I am learning a great deal!

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          Ksmiles123

          Ksmiles123http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com/2014/01/20/changing-weather-affect-health/

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            Ksmiles123

            Ksmiles123

            Hello! Happy Sprinter! Tis snowing again here in PA.
            Do the weather fluctuations affect your energy levels?

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              Ksmiles123

              Ksmiles123answered the question Has anyone ever been cured from Mycobacterium abscessus and chelanae?

              Taz, Hello! You are most welcome! There is a lot of great information in the booklet. Some doctors do take the wait and see approach based on the subjective findings/ symptoms of a patient. I would suggest calling the doctor if your mom notices any …
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              K Merry

              K Merry

              Hi! I'm new to this site.
              Do any of you have any information you could share about home water filters that stop MAC from getting through? It could be either about a whole-house filter or faucet/showerhead filters. Thank you!

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              Made Pramana

              Made PramanaI really really love this story. 🙏
              http://palliativecare.org.au/story-stage-four-lung-cancer

              1 week ago

                Ksmiles123

                Ksmiles123

                Hello! Do you fully understand your pulmonary function tests?
                https://www.verywell.com/how-do-i-interpret-my-spirometry-test-914755

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                Ksmiles123https://www.healthline.com/health/scholarship-program

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                  Ksmiles123

                  Ksmiles123answered the question Caregiver supports

                  Kristen, You are welcome. Thank you for posting the latest of the state by state resources. It is so beneficial for caretakers to utilize some of the resources out there.
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                  1 week ago

                  Gretchen

                  Gretchen

                  Quote of the Day: The key to transformation is to see how the extraordinary can be found in the ordinary in each day of our lives...by being present moment to moment to moment.

                  Enjoy this day. I hope Spring has finally arrived at your door and you are breathing easy.

                  1 week ago

                  Ksmiles123

                  Ksmiles123Hello! The link below offers tips on calming a cough; several, such as the use of a humidifier do not apply to NTM/bronchiectasis patients.
                  https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slideshow-cough-treatments

                  1 week ago

                    Gretchen

                    Gretchen

                    We know that a negative mindset will never help create a positive atmosphere. It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole, ruminating and getting lost in the chaos and stress of our day, circumstances and/or those we come into contact with. I love this article discussing How to use Positive Self-Talk. It truly can make all the difference in putting things into perspective at challenging times.

                    https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-use-positive-self-talk-for-stress-relief-3144816

                    1 week ago

                    • Ksmiles123Gretchen,
                      Yes, stress and negativity can further impair our immune systems. Life is challenging, to say the least. Tips in the article on how to change your negative thoughts into positive thoughts can be beneficial to our health.1 week ago

                    Ksmiles123

                    Ksmiles123https://themighty.com/2018/04/emojis-explaining-chronic-illness/

                    1 week ago

                    Merry

                    Merryasked the question: Completed NMT treatment, lung inflammation returned, now what?

                    1-2 months after beating the NTM and ending the Clarithromycin (and other antibiotics) I have increased shortness of breath. My pulmo thinks the Clarithromycin was reducing my COPD inflammation, and now the inflammation is back. However, she is hesitant …

                    1 week ago

                    Kristen

                    Kristenasked the question: Caregiver supports

                    Does anyone know of good resources for caregivers and family members of people with chronic illness? Thanks in advance.

                    1 week ago

                    Gretchen

                    Gretchen

                    Please feel free to post questions or answer any questions that have already been asked. Each patient, caregiver or clinician may have experiences, expertise or words of support that can benefit the individuals in this community! Often we need to rise up to to help each other lessen stress, burdens and frustrations along the Bronchiectasis and/or NTM journey. Thank you all for your support that you offer here!

                    1 week ago

                      Ksmiles123

                      Ksmiles123Hello! Do you have other tips for financial assistance, (other than what is listed in the link below)
                      that you can share with the group?
                      http://www.caringvoice.org/ways-to-find-assistance/

                      1 week ago

                      Ksmiles123

                      Ksmiles123Hello! Spring is finally arriving....
                      The link below describes the benefits of exercise. I understand how hard it is to exercise when the energy levels may be very low; however, the benefits are great if you can push through on good days.https://drmowll.com/get-moving-why-you-need-to-exercise/

                      1 week ago

                        Ksmiles123

                        Ksmiles123Hello! We all need to review the foods that fight acid reflux periodically.
                        http://www.emergencyemail.org/newsemergency/anmviewer.asp?a=11321&z=58

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                        It is not our intention to serve as a substitute for medical advice and any content posted should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While we encourage individuals to share their personal experiences with bronchiectasis and NTM, please consult a physician before making changes to your own disease management plan.