Founded by seven COPD
patients, COPD-International is a nonprofit organization whose purpose
is to provide information and interactive support for COPD patients,
caregivers, families and concerned individuals. At COPD International,
you will not be alone. Organized and staffed by individuals with COPD,
caregivers and other individuals interested in COPD, it provides an
online, interactive resource of information and support through its
chatrooms, message boards, e-mail lists, community forums, a weekly
newsletter, a blog, quit smoking and exercise support areas, and an
extensive library which is also the permanent home of Bill Horden's
COPD-Advocate, (the original COPD Advocate) -- renown for such writings
as the COPD Survival Guide.
The website with its 46,600
files (800 mb) features:
7 Chat Rooms with 39
scheduled chats for interactive education and support, including special
topic chats for newcomers, caregivers and quit smoking support.
7 Message boards providing
help, guidance and answers to specific questions.
3 List Servers providing 24
hours a day e-mail information and support.
A Quit Smoking (QSN) program
that provides the ongoing support to help kick the habit.
An Exercise guidance and
A 3 part Keep in Touch (KIT) program, featuring a master
list of contact information, a daily login for those who live alone, and
a pen pal program to encourage interaction, especially for those who do
not get out.
A Loving Thoughts program
provides a special message center for sending caring messages during
tough times. These messages are often printed out and taken to
COPDers who are hospitalized.
A Cheer Bear program which
anonymously sends cards and cheerful messages to help people though
difficult times as well as sending special messages of thanks or
A Welcome Wagon program,
staffed by community members, helps new and old website visitors by
sharing information and providing website assistance and guidance.
A Remembrance area, dedicated to all COPD Patients,
known and unknown, who have gone on before us.
Down through the years, we have lost many of our friends and family to
COPD. Many are listed there. Even more remain unknown to us. Some
visited using only a nickname, while others remained totally unknown,
preferring to read, learn and seek comfort in the knowledge that they
were not alone.
An ever-expanding reference
area complete with a searchable Library. Included in the library are;
Over 700 files of COPD related information
The Reading Room - With current news feeds
from around the world on COPD subjects.
Printable checklists, ranging from
questions for your doctor to lists of medical abbreviations that apply.
The Personal Experiences pages featuring a
collection of articles written by patients and caregivers.
The Guest writers section, featuring
articles on specialized subjects
The Bill Horden Wing - Best known for the
COPD Survival Guide, and the newsletter and website called the COPD
Advocate, this pioneer of COPD Advocacy set the standards for providing
today's support and information. The Bill Horden wing of the library is
now the permanent home of all of Bill Horden's writings. A must read for
all, his COPD Survival Guide is referenced on medical websites around
A weekly email newsletter to keep you
informed on the latest COPD news.
- The COPD-Info blog, with its
RSS feed, provides the very latest news, articles and information on
- Guidance and Support for
starting a local area support group including a manual and checklist
The website deliberately
does not require, nor ask for membership. This policy decision allows
the many, who are shy, embarrassed, or otherwise inclined not to be
identified to still receive support and education on their disease, even
in anonymity. The following monthly statistics illustrate the success of
Total Visiting Users:
average of 125,000 - 130,000 per month (over 1½million per year pace)
Total hits (including
graphics): more than 605,000 per month
Total page views: 460,000
per month (pages of information about, or in support of COPD)
Total data transferred: more
than 11.75 gigabytes per month
Our message board alone
receives 78,000 visits per month from thousands of registered users, an
untold number of unregistered posters, and an untold number who simply
go there to read and educate themselves.
Data collected: 1/28/2013