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.

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.

Here is COPING SKILL #3:

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.


Self-controlling refers to an individuals ability to regulate one’s feelings and actions toward a situation.

This could possible be one of the most important coping skills when dealing with a change of lifestyle due to a disease or chronic illness such as COPD.

How we control our feelings about the change we may be going through – that is self-controlling.

It does not help not controlling but working out guilt or sorrow, for they will keep a person from working with their chronic illness or COPD properly to keep it from getting worse.

If you keep your feelings on a positive path, then working and coping with your chronic illness such as COPD will become much easier and more fluid.

The same is with our actions, if we choose to ignore what the medical experts suggest or say we should be doing, then our chronic illness could possibly get worse at a much faster rate than if we take their suggestions and are willing to work with them.

From a personal experience, I know that my own feelings and actions can and will make a huge difference in how I live day-to-day, coping with a chronic illness and/or disease which has not set time clock for it’s future.

While it may seem difficult at times, keep a grip on how your feelings and actions determine the part of the daily map they play on in the roadway of your own chronic illness.

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.