‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – Thanksgiving Thankfulness

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Health--Breathe--002 When you travel life with a sidekick like ‘Lenny’ who at any time can flare up and remind you of the true depth of your incurable disease of COPD you many days find it difficult to say thank you for anything more than a few minutes of good breathing.

I once again share where I am at and maybe how myself and ‘Lenny’ may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

Today is ‘Thanksgiving’ here in the United States and while many now use it to buy those great deals of more stuff that most of us do not really need – it is truly a day that we should be saying thank you for what we have.

Bouncing around on facebook is a great line that says something to the effect that ‘Black Friday is an American special where so many fight tooth and nail over things they really do not need just one day after spending time celebrating and saying thanks for all the things they do have’.  What an observation that is.

This year my Thanksgiving has a special meaning as the date which it falls on is also the 3-year anniversary of my life, my chance to live again, my survival of a massive heart attack in which my life did go silent for a few minutes in time.

So this year I have not only an opportunity to be thankful but an opportunity to celebrate.

So as I celebrate my life I know it can not be done without also saying thanks to and for so many.

Thankful for my wife who has stood by me literally through thick and thin, sickness and health while all the while giving me encouragement and that reminder that we still have 40+ years of life together to travel.

Thankful for my doctors – my regular physician, my pulmonologist, my cardiologist and the staff that supports them – they all have guided me, been stern with me, been pleased with me and most of all have been absolutely focused on making my life with COPD/Asthma as good as possible.

Thankful for my kids, all five of them plus spouses, for most of the time they remember to check on me when they can, plan time together with memories to last forever and to also make me feel like – I did okay.

Thankful for my grandkids, which numbers 10 plus one due to arrive in June.  These very special gifts of life make me feel loved, make me feel accepted even when ‘Gramps’ acts goofy and most of all are quick to remind me if ‘Gramps’ is doing or eating something he should not be doing.

Thankful for ‘Lenny’ (the name I have given my COPD/Asthma), for ‘Lenny’ has taught me to live every day one day at a time and somedays one breath at a time.  ‘Lenny’ has given me a reason to look at the positive, throw out the negative, to love not hate, to trust not distrust, to keep my smiles from turning to frowns and to always have that one thought that works at nothing but to keep me breathing one breath at a time.

My thankfuls could go on and on and on, but the time is getting late and the morning will come early with busy things to get done and celebrating to celebrate.

While today here in the boundaries which I live it is called ‘Thanksgiving’, I know that the thankfulness of thanksgiving should be part of our daily routine each and every day of life itself.

Now let us all remember that November is ‘COPD AWARENESS MONTH’ – so take time today to share your story, to educate others and to be grateful for all you do have.

‘Lenny’ and I once again make a vow to continue to share our story of life with COPD/Asthma while also sharing those things we learn about the conditions with the hope that at least each time we share – a minimum of one person gets it, understands it and passes it on.

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN *** An all-star in sharing her continued fight with her own COPD battle.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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COPD – Living One Breath at a Time

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Pic--COPD Here is something I had published this week in ‘The McPherson News’ a weekly newspaper in McPherson, Ks. (Link is – – http://www.mcphersonweeklynews.com/copd-living-one-breath-at-a-time/ )

I give some statistics as well as facts and myths of COPD – letting folks know that this is COPD Awareness Month.

Enjoy!

COPD – Living One Breath at a Time

By William Snesrud, the McPherson News

If someone asked you what the top three causes of death are in the United States were, what would you answer?

Most people will get the first two without much doubt because everyone knows someone who has or had heart disease and cancer.  But the number three cause of death in the United States, how many would know that it is Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease or better known as COPD.

The month of November is ‘COPD Awareness Month’ which is important as COPD affects an estimated 24 million Americans throughout all 50 states with over half of them having strong symptoms of COPD and do not know or realize it. Here in Kansas the estimated COPD prevalence rate shows that 6.2% of the population is affected by some type of COPD.

According to the COPD Foundation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used in describing several progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Among the many risk factors and common causes of COPD are smoking, inhaling pollutants, chemicals, exhaust fumes and even dust.  In some cases genetics can also play a role in an individual’s being diagnosed with COPD – especially if the person has never smoked or been exposed to strong lung irritants in industrial areas or in the workplace.

Among the myths and facts about COPD are:

COPD only strikes people that smoke – that is a MYTH as long-term exposure to pollutants can also put one at risk.

COPD is only found in older people – that is a MYTH as COPD can strike at any age.

Early diagnosis helps – that is a FACT because early detection can help keep the disease at under control through a strong defensive program.

COPD only affects the lungs – that is a MYTH as being chronically short of breath can cause high blood pressure and a higher risk of heart disease.

COPD is incurable – that is a FACT, though COPD is treatable a person can’t reverse the damage done to lung tissue they can only slow down the destruction and manage the disease itself.

Shortness of breath is the main symptom – that is a FACT, which is why people who mistake their increased shortness of breath and coughing as getting older are the same people that need to be checked out since COPD can develop over many years before shortness of breath becomes noticeable and life changing.

Something the COPD Foundation encourages is for people to get more information on COPD by asking your doctor or check out information found through the COPD Foundation website.

It’s ‘COPD Awareness Month’ so if you or anyone you know has symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality that has lingered over a lengthy period of time while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

Remember – a person without breathing will become a person without life itself.

 

‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – Becoming a Month to Remember

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Health--COPD-Awareness  Ever seem to find life just passing you by and looking over your shoulder and realizing what did and more important what did not get done over a day, week, month or year worth of time?  I can say for sure I have way too many of these.

But here I am over halfway through November and realizing just how important this month is for my friend ‘Lenny’ and myself as it is COPD AWARENESS MONTH and I realize I am not carrying my share of the load or my promise I made in the past which was to keep on top of it, learn about it, remind others about it and most importantly – make others aware of this eventually deadly disease and all that it entails.

So as you can see already I am changing things up by not starting “’Lenny’ & Me 4 Today” out with my normal two or three paragraph reminder of how I got here and why it is important to me to share – – I’m pretty sure most of you that read me already know this by now, though I will once in a while remind us all.

But for today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

November is COPD Awareness Month – – Remember ‘Without Breathing, One is Without Life’…….

My month so far has had some medical notes to share and some family issues to think about.

Yep I had my six-month check-up with my cardiologist and they seem to be pleased with how I sounded and how my pacemaker is working, all of which says I do not need to come back for a year – – can we get a hip-hip-hooray!!

Last week I meet with my pulmonologist and yep, you guessed it all seemed to be going as good as can be expected and I was told, you ready for this, no need to come back for a year – – can we get another hip-hip-hooray!!

Of course my lung doc (easier than always spelling out pulmonologist) reminded me that some of what we discussed like getting winded taking a shower, getting winded trying to work in the yard, getting winded taking a long walk without pacing and feeling fatigued – well they are all part of the thought that I have Stage III COPD and severe Asthma and that is just part of the game, oh and yes over time it will get worse but keep doing what I am doing and that worse will be held at a distance for much longer than if I do nothing.

November is memorable as we have an adult child who continues to fight her own evil demons of addiction and mental illness – to the point where our grandson is now living with his Mom’s Dad, the other grandpa, and because of that we are now fighting to find time, money and vehicle to make many more trips to help taking care of him.  My truly first opportunity to watch Colton on my own comes this weekend for a few hours (did I mention he is a little autistic and have some developmental problems) – so give me a good luck, prayers and yet another hip-hip-hooray!!

But the best news for November is my wife’s oldest daughter and husband are expecting – we are now planning for grandchild #11.  Can I get another hip-hip-hooray!!

The most important thing about November is it is ‘COPD AWARENESS MONTH’ and today is ‘WORLD COPD DAY’ – so take time today to share your story, to educate others and to be grateful for all you do have.

‘Lenny’ and I once again make a vow to continue to share our story of life with COPD/Asthma while also sharing those things we learn about the conditions with the hope that at least each time we share – a minimum of one person gets it, understands it and passes it on.

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – If You Know, Then Know

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HeartRock--JustBreathe The title may have changed because it is simpler, more accurate and saves on a couple of words – and anyone that has been following my postings knows by now that ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my COPD/Asthma because my COPD/Asthma is like a constant companion who sometimes behaves and many times does not.

I know I have to stay serious about what’s ahead for me and that includes being more serious about my therapy and part of that therapy for me is to put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

That responsibility for my battle is to talk about my travels with ‘Lenny’ and share with others with the hope that maybe, just maybe, I will reach even one other person whom may read what I share and realize they are not alone.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

November is COPD Awareness Month – – Remember ‘Without Breathing, One is Without Life’…….

If you know anyone with a breathing illness then know that they know they may not look sick but yet many days they live one breath at a time……..

If you know anyone with a breathing illness then know they need respect as well for the battle they battle each and every day……..

If you know anyone with a breathing illness then know they need people too – so please remember them for maybe a cup of coffee, a phone call, a quick lunch or just a drop in visit – just to say I’m thinking of you and hoping you are having a good day and is there anything I could do to help……..

If you know anyone with a breathing illness then know that they know that you should know how important breathing is and should never be taken for granted – which means if you smoke you should stop, if you have children around smoking you should stop, if you work in a toxic atmosphere you should always take precautions……..

If you know anyone with a breathing illness then know you should know that every day you must take a moment or two and just relax while taking several deep, deep breathes and slowly exhale – then say thanx for being able to do it…….

If you don’t know anyone with a breathing illness then maybe you should take a better look at the world around you, take a better look at the people around you and realize that everyone has someone in the world they walk with a breathing illness………

If you read all of this then I, as one who does have an everyday battle with that simple thing so many take for granted called breathing, say thanx for reading and please have a road filled with prayers, blessings and steady breathing……..

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

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‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today – – YES I HAVE COPD/ASTHMA!!

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COPD--AwarenessMonth--Nov2015 Changing things up here as in the title, it was ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) & Me 4 Today, and just saying it’s ‘Lenny’ & Me 4 Today because it is simpler, more accurate and saves on a couple of words – plus anyone that has actually been following my postings know by now that ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my COPD/Asthma because my COPD/Asthma is like a constant companion who sometimes behaves and many times does not.

I know I have to stay serious about what’s ahead for me and that includes being more serious about my therapy and part of that therapy for me is to put into words how my battle may be going and then sharing it openly as part of what I call my responsibility.

That responsibility for my battle is to talk about my travels with ‘Lenny’ and share with others with the hope that maybe, just maybe, I will reach even one other person whom may read what I share and realize they are not alone.

Today I once again share where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be dealing with life and my own COPD/Asthma Travels.

YES – I HAVE COPD/ASTHMA and I am somewhere in late Stage III of my COPD, a progressive disease that has NO cure.

YES – I HAVE COPD/ASTHMA and a person/you can look at me and think/say/feel that I look just fine BUT I struggle pretty much every day, just to BREATHE.

YES – I CAN still get a lot done, on my GOOD DAYS, though most things will be done a bit slower paced than what you may be used to out of me.

YES – I STRUGGLE on those BAD DAYS when the simplest things may be a battle within itself.

YES – I may have my day turn from a wonderful, enjoyable day to a stressful, struggling day at the changing of a second or two of time.

YES – I am a FIGHTER & I am not ready to totally give up, even on those days my inner self may say ‘that’s it I am done with this battle’…….I will not let ‘Lenny’ rule my daily life.

I ASK BUT ONE THING – DO NOT GIVE UP ON ME.

I ASK BUT A SECOND THING – DO NOT FORGET ABOUT ME.

I ASK BUT A THIRD THING – BE PATIENT WITH ME.

I ASK BUT A FOURTH AND FINAL THING – SHARE SOMETHING IN SUPPORT OF COPD AWARENESS MONTH which what NOVEMBER IS!!

I SAY BUT ONE MORE THING – – THANX, THANX, THANX……

NOVEMBER is COPD AWARENESS MONTH – – do something, share with someone you know who has breathing problems (WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE), give support to COPD/Asthma programs and research and remember, you may never know what is truly going on within that other person so be kind, give them a hug and sincerely wish them the best.

And that my friends is where “‘Lenny’ & Me are 4 today”.

*** CONTINUE PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS FOR KAYCIE CHAPMAN ***

NOTE TO REMEMBER: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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.

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

(Copyright@2015, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com)

(Image used cleared by written permission for use by CrossDove Photography)