I am one of those that has been given the honor of traveling life with the companionship of COPD and severe Asthma.
While the honor is many times pushed by the frustration and battle with those companions, I have over time come to grips that it is what it is and I must make the best of it.
I knew I must learn more about this companion the medical folks call COPD and severe Asthma, so I have read about, ask questions about it and spent time nearly every day scouring the internet for information, articles and more.
I also knew it is good to share, so as a writer I decided what better way to share what I am learning and finding than through informational, inspirational and personal writings about my travels with COPD and severe Asthma.
This is part of an on-going series we call ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma and today we give you set five of a six-part set called ‘Bringing Stability to a COPD/Asthma Life’.
BRINGING STABILITY TO A LIFE WITH COPD/ASTHMA – –
One of the most important things a person can do when doing battle with COPD and/or Asthma is to bring a sense of stability within those daily battles and travels.
There are six simple areas which seem to stand out as important for building stability within a life with COPD and/or Asthma and they are – exercising, avoiding sickness, sleep and rest, knowing yourself, social contact, and nutrition.
Stability, Set – 5 – – Keep Social Contact
Even without the constant daily battles of an illness, when a person lacks social contact with others it can lead to a feeling of isolation and many times, a period of depression.
When that begins to happen on top of having to fight that daily battle with something such as COPD and/or severe Asthma, then that feeling of being isolated can and will be a huge hindrance in keeping yourself on top of the illness which you may be battling.
Just because you may be fighting an illness and/or disease, unless you are feeling extremely sick – you should always take advantage of any opportunity to get out, whether it is a trip to the store, to church or even to the home of a friend or maybe a family member.
Getting out keeps you in touch with that feeling of being relevant to the rest of the world as it passes through the days.
Getting out should also help keep you feeling more upbeat and in the frame of mind that is saying ‘this disease will not rob me of socializing’ and that my friend, is a lot of the battle you have every day – feeling like you are still part of the world around you.
The idea of joining a support group for those with COPD and/or any major illness can be an outstanding idea because it gives a person an opportunity to share, learn, question, help and support with others that are dealing with many of the same issues you are, only in their own travels of life with an illness and/or disease.
One should find a support group, and if it appears you do not have one in your area then maybe one should step out of their comfort zone and look at starting one of their own – because the positive rewards of participating within a support group far outweigh any possible negative connotations.
Get out of your comfort zone and inquire or work with your physician, local respiratory therapist and pulmonologist to see if they have any suggestions or maybe a list of prospective members.
Whatever you decide to do, do not let yourself get that feeling of isolation – step out and step into the world of socializing and begin to reap the benefits and life stability of doing so.
REFLECTION QUESTION – – What do you do to guarantee you do not become isolated, being alone? Do you have a support group to work and socialize with?
If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave them under the comment section of wheezingaway.com. Thanx.
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.
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.
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(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)
I go to monthly Better Breather’s club meetings at my county hospital. During those sessions, about 15 of us learn coping techniques, socialize, and share war stories.
Online, I enjoy blogs such as yours.
I also belong to the COPD.net mailing list, http://www.myCOPDteam.com social network,
and participate in the private facebook group, COPD-Get Educated.
I aoso vent, using my own blog, and am thankful that the internet exists to help me socialize at my own pace, regardless of how I feel.
Thanks for another interesting blog.