To me the biggest challenge of having COPD is understanding, remembering and sharing what COPD is and what it is not.
Wheezingaway.com and CrossDove Writer tackle some of the major ‘COPD is Not’ features of this disease.
- *** COPD does not allow us to have as much control of it as we would like. While many of aspects of COPD may allow us to have some control (such as avoiding places, smells, weather) COPD will rear it’s temperamental side when it wants to and usually when we least expect it.
- *** COPD is not contagious, it is a lung disease and not like pneumonia or a good chest/sinus cold. Yep you can blow your breath on anybody, anytime and anywhere – although doing so on purpose may just look and be a little weird.
- *** COPD is unlike most diseases in that it does not progress very rapidly. When a person is diagnosed with COPD, depending on the stage you are in, you should have a solid number of years ahead of you. Even as I was diagnosed later in the game with late Stage III COPD, I still knew I would have many years to promise the grandkids being around for graduations.
So while these may be just reminders to many, they are important reminders to keep for those days when the unfriendly side of COPD may be wearing our day down.
Over the next few days we will have two more parts to this brief, but needed reminder of ‘the Nots of COPD’.
As always – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
Remember always that without breathing a person is without life itself.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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