COPD AWARENESS – THE NOT’s of COPD, part 1
By William for wheezingaway.com
(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. – William)
YIPPEE – IT’S COPD AWARENESS MONTH!!
With that in mind I am running a short three-part bit I call the NOT’s of COPD!!
Yep, I have COPD and have accepted it as my life’s long-term not so co-operative friend.
To me the biggest challenge of having COPD is understanding, remembering and sharing what COPD is and what it is not.
We will tackle just a few of these issues by talking about what the major ‘COPD is Not’ when it comes to talking about the disease itself.
- COPD does not allow us to have as much control of it as we would like. While many aspects of COPD may allow us to have some control (such as avoiding places, smells, weather, etc.), COPD will rear its temperamental side when it wants to and usually when we least expect it to.
- COPD is not contagious!! It is a lung disease and not like pneumonia or a very bad chest/sinus cold or virus. Yep – you can blow your breath on anybody, anytime and anywhere, and those around you will not catch the disease. Remember, doing such an action would simply cause folks to think you are just being weird.
- COPD is unlike most diseases in that it does not progress very rapidly. When a person is diagnosed with COPD, one should still have a number of years ahead of you depending on the stage of the disease they diagnose you as being in.
While I was diagnosed with late Stage III COPD later in the game than I likely should’ve been, I still knew I would have many years still ahead of me to promise the grandkids that I would be around for graduations and more.
So, while these may be just reminders to many, they are important reminders to keep for those days when the unfriendly side of COPD may rear its
ugly side and cause your day to wear you down to just a lump of tired human body on the couch.
It’s also reminders that are good to share with those around your world that still may not understand or believe just what you are going through.
We must remember – it is COPD AWARENSS MONTH, so don’t be shy and get yourself out there and help educate others about the wonders both good, bad and ugly of what we fight each and every day.
AS ALWAYS – if you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please start asking questions and get it checked out!
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. William
(Copyright@2019, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)
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