By Will Dursens for        

Part of anyone’s survival when dealing with a long-term disease should be to continually read and learn as much as they can about the illness or illnesses that hold their attention.

In my own walk with late stage III COPD and heart issues, I have tried my best to keep reading, keep listening and keep learning so that I can make the best of a not so fun at times situation.

Here in today’s posting of ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ we begin a short series that discuss ‘COPING SKILLS’ that may or may not work as an individual takes their own walk with their own disability, illness or illnesses.

For some, this may seem like old news or information.

But I guarantee that some of what I will share in this series, like anything I may share, will be things or information that we should never get tired of seeing and remembering so that we can find their use in our battles – which in turn will make our life last longer than maybe it should.

Here is COPING SKILL #2:

Coping skills are extremely important for survival of those times of shortness of breath or even just the frustrations we find with any disability or illness we battle.

Whether we realize it or not, we all already having coping skills within ourselves for which we have already used or tested. The coping strategy you choose depends on what has or may have worked for you in the past.

While no coping skill is necessarily better than another, we just become better equipped to cope by just knowing different coping skills than just the one that we may have found to have worked previously.


Distancing ourselves from the situation, this is done when we consciously detach ourself and them minimize the importance of the situation from a distance.

Many time, this can almost be seen as denial – especially when we refuse to discuss the health situation that we may have at hand.

But sometimes, distancing ourselves a little from any situation is needed so that we make sure we do not get too wrapped up in the negatives and frustrations that can come with the disease of COPD and/or Severe Asthma.

The question when using the coping skill of distance is knowing when to do, how long to do it and what and/or whom to do it too. Many times when we distance ourselves from any situation we have not yet realized the factors that go into the distancing and sometimes this coping skill may or can come back to hit or hurt us big time.

When using the coping skill of distancing, it’s sometimes buyer beware – always know the reasons for doing it and always be fully aware of any or all the consequences.

Over the next few writings, ‘COPD Travels’ and will continue to go over the remaining coping skill styles that most of us may use in our battles with COPD, Asthma and/or any chronic illness.

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 with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. Will Dursens.

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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 medical founded information.