As a writer, I find it important to share what I learn with others so that they also may gain knowledge needed to have more secure footing when they battle their own illness or chronic disease.
Taking my responsibility for learning as much as I can about my own COPD/Asthma is something I choose to do so to make myself more aware of what is happening now, what may happen at any moment and what may lay ahead as I travel my path of life with the companionship of COPD/Asthma.
With all that, ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover a variety of topics to help remind people, both those affected by the disease and those family and friends that surround them, of the ideas, research, diagnoses, game-plans and all that goes with keeping the battles at a distance.
Today we talk about part two of our four-part series titled ‘Keys to Breathing Risks’ – with part two being the reminder that never gets old about smoking and either quitting if your do and/or avoid it if you don’t.
While many of us who already have COPD/Asthma are familiar with these keys, there is always the need to remind ourselves and other of them, and this is especially true if you know someone besides yourself who may be a risk of being diagnosed with COPD/Asthma.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – You should QUIT SMOKING if you do smoke.
Smoking is the number one cause of lung problems and diseases.
If you do smoke, your smoking may play as a very heavy contributor to lung issues in your extended family, friends and business associates around you.
Nothing about smoking is good for you bodily functions and when you mess with bodily functions, then no matter what you do – your daily activities and bodily functions will suffer.
Second hand smoke is a strong factor in contributing to lung/breathing issues, especially if a person themselves do not smoke but develops a problem.
If you smoke then you must consider and care about how you want to be remembered by those around you.
Do you want to be remembered as having a smoking stench on your clothes, your breath, in your car, in your home or even at your place of employment?
And the one you do not want to be remembered for – will you be the one who was blowing smoke around those loved ones and/or friends who later get sick with lung/breathing issues.
Remember – smoking does not just affect you, but greatly affects all those around you. You know like your kids, grandkids, best friends and their families, your boss.
If you want to quit, but find the temptation too great – then visit your healthcare provider and see what they can do to help.
If you want to quit, but find the temptation too great – then find a family member and/or friend to be your conscious, to be the one to grab the next smoke from your hands and put it out, to be the one willing to risk it all by getting in your face and being bluntly honest with you about quitting the smoke habit.
Smoking affects more than just yourself – remember that responsibility next time you feel the need to light up.
QUESTION OF REFLECTION – – If you smoke, then look in the mirror and visualize your spouse, kids, grandkids, friends, all appearing to be short on breath and maybe hauling around a tank of oxygen. Then ask yourself how, do you want them to remember you.
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
Personal Reflection – – My father has been very, very quiet with me about my becoming disabled due to COPD and severe asthma. This is because he knows that in my youth he smoked a pipe around me all the time, even though I already had severe asthma, and never thought twice about leaving me with an uncle and a few friends who smoked cigarettes one right after the other. I have seen the regret in his voice and face – it is not worth it.
As always, CrossDove Writer reminds you that 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.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give 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.
With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)
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(Information gathered from various news/health websites, COPD Foundation’s “Big Fat Reference Guide on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” and the book “Live Your Life with COPD”)
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