Reflections--COPD No matter what kind of day I may be having when I made the commitment to be willing to share with others the path I am traveling while battling COPD and Asthma I knew that this social media stuff comes with a responsibility which means staying on top of what you may have said or promised within that social media.

It’s a responsibility I want to take seriously because I understand the importance of making even just one person feel better, less alone or more knowledgeable about their own battle with COPD, Asthma or any life threatening disease.

I once read that over a period of evaluations and studies that up to 47% of those battling COPD/Asthma will develop problems with anxiety and panic attacks.

While daily I have noted previously that I never know whether each day will be a ‘good breath’ day or a ‘bad breath’ day – the same kind of philosophy pertains to every trip I take leaving the safety of my own home, the unknown of whether I will or will not have an anxiety or panic attack with what’s out there.

What I mean by the ‘will or will not’ fear pertains to knowing that when I leave the safety of my home what out there could or will set off my breathing and/or coughing attacks.

When I attend church I always sit as close as I can or in the very back pews and always at the end of a pew or row of seats, simply to give me the comfort of an escape space if and/or when I have a breathing and/or coughing problem.

While I may not show it on the outside, many times when I go out I am fighting a near full fledge panic or anxiety attack from the inside over the fear of picking up some kind of sickly germs and/or virus, sniffing an irritating perfume/cologne or just sucking in a breath full of second-hand smoke and/or pollutants, any of which could cause a problem for the lungs I have to work with.

So like with that daily toss up of ‘good breath’/’bad breath’, I continue to lean on things that keep me level headed leading into any daily prospect of an adventure ‘out there’ so that I can beat off the twinges of the beginning of any type of anxiety and/or panic attack over the wonder of ‘will I’ or ‘will I not’ have a situation that sets off a breathing or coughing attack.

The question today is – do you fight those same fears of anxiety and/or panic when you attempt to go out into the public world of life?

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 – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.

As always I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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