Let’s take a moment for a quick reminder that ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my constant companion called COPD/Asthma. Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease, it has become my companion instead of a nasty enemy. Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but ‘Lenny’ does do better when I can take care of it the best I can.
So now that we have caught up, let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.
Life comes at us in cycles whether we want it to or not. For instance, the weather has basically four cycles every 12 months – fall, winter, spring and summer. Schools have cycles every year with separate semesters and various breaks during times that school is in session and of course summer break.
The animals around us, yes, the ones that the Great Spirit handed us the responsibility of taking care of, have their cycles of life of birth, growth or maturity, companionship/courting and then death.
Like those animals around us we have similar cycles, with one big difference being we can sometimes provide a difference within our cycles of life. Eating healthy and exercise gives us the opportunity to live longer. Continuing to educate ourselves gives us the opportunity to learn and make better choices.
Now that we got the drift of cycles, let’s talk about mental, emotional and spiritual cycles in a the life of people in general.
We all have what we sometimes call a ‘roller coaster’ of mental, emotional and spiritual cycles in our travels called life.
For me, it’s the emotional and mental ones that get me and sometimes they knock me down hard before I even realize it, and when they do I have to battle back to find my path of life once again on a road of peace and serenity.
Without a doubt the hardest cycle for me to break loose of when he grabs me is the emotions involved with relationships, particularly with family and close friends.
I have been very fickle the past six to eight months regarding my commitment to getting and staying involved with my work involving what the battle I have with COPD and Asthma.
Fickle because I have allowed one, very personal relationship really cause havoc with my emotional and mental stability. It is a relationship with a family member and it has thrown my emotional stability into a variety of swings from anger, to distrust, to emotional pain, to depression, to total loss of the want to even try moving on with the relationship.
Unfortunately, the cycle of instability with that relationship has played into upsetting my times with other family members and more.
Fortunately for my path, the cycle of emotional and mental instability from the situation mentioned has not caused any major irritations with ‘Lenny’ beyond the normal SOB (short of breath) when trying to do anything very physical, and for that I am grateful.
So, what should I do – the only thing I can do – grab the bull by the horns and commit myself to what inside I know I should be doing and that is sharing the ins and outs of dealing with a life hampered enough by the physical instability brought on by having late Stage III COPD and severe asthma.
With that I once again commit some of my time weekly and daily to concentrate on anything and everything that can help with the education of myself and others as we deal not only with our own battles with COPD/Asthma, but for anyone battling with a chronic illness or disease.
Now, only time will tell if I can continue to keep that personal cycle of emotions from messing with the path I should be traveling for ‘Lenny’ and me.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
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.
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NOTES: 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.