Shirt--BreathinWheezinOneDayAtATime  First and foremost I must mention the humbleness I feel when checking facebook and seeing the very personal stories that many have been willing to share about their own personal battles with COPD.

But none have affected me as much as Kaylie Chapman of New Zealand who many have seen is sharing her major battle with health live in video narratives.

Kaylie’s battle also brings to reality the one fear I think most of us have regarding the darkest moments of any illness and in particular those affecting the lungs and breathing.  Those darkest moments for which we all will face at some point if we have not already.

Those darkest moments are the ones which remind myself as I am sure it does many others of that fear of how it will feel, how it will it try to change us and our personalities and how those darkest moments will affect our support group of family and friends.

Kudos to Kaylie for sharing and not holding back, which in turn is teaching and preparing many others for their own moments of darkest times – thanx Kaylie.

Now as for the travels of my last few days – cautiousness when out in any public environment due to the hefty amount of flu going around.

Disappointment in myself for not keeping just a little better grip on my love for food when celebrating a family get together and a granddaughter’s birthday at a yummy buffet.

And the smiles of my weekend came with time of sharing with seven of my ten grandkids.  Remembering the healthy benefits that grandkids can bring to a person facing health issues, especially with the heart filling love found in all those grandkid hugs.

Then to top it off I had a chance for some family sharing and reflection time with my younger sister and younger brother – something which is always treasured as we live several hours apart and work in such different circles.

So yes for this touch of ‘COPD & Me’ I find that my travels did, will and should continue to move along side, through and beyond the fears of my COPD battle as well as the continued fight to watch the diet while getting as much love as I may need for a long haul until the next big, family memory moments.

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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