COPD AWARENESS – THE NOT’s of COPD, part 2
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 this 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.
As we did in part one, we will tackle just a few more of the issues here in part two of what ‘COPD is Not’ when it comes talking about the disease itself.
- COPD does not mean the end of your life as you may know it, and it is not the end to good, memorable times either. Instead it is more like a side-road which may have many bumps along the way of your travels, but it will not cause a loss of making memories unless you may choose to do so.
- COPD should not and does not decrease your abilities to appreciate all that life may offer. Okay, you may have trouble breathing at times, but if you can do your best to control the triggers, pace your days and prop yourself up when it is needed – you will still have a lot to offer life and will still be able to get a lot our of what life may be offering you. Just remember to be willing to explain to others that some things you what or plan to be doing may need some adjustments to help keep the chronic illness you are battling under your control the best you can.
- COPD will eventually and most likely be or have a direct or indirect cause of your impending death. Yes, we all will die somewhere along the path of life. But having COPD or any chronic illness is NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. You still have lots to live for, you still have lots of time to enjoy the beauty in your life and you still have lots of time to make wonderful memories for yourself and those within your world of life.
Ok, for many – these may be just reminders to many of you, but they are important reminders to keep for those days when the unfriendly side of COPD, severe Asthma or whatever your chronic illness is that may be wearing you down on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
As I have said before, while I was diagnosed with late Stage III COPD later in the game than I likely should’ve been, I still knew that I would have many years still ahead of me to promise my grandkids that I would be around for graduations and more. And I have not regretted those promises at any time.
These ‘NOT’S OF COPD’ hopefully will serve as important reminder to keep those days when the unfriendly side of COPD or whatever chronic illness you have, may rear its ugly side and cause your day to wear you down to being not much more than a loose lump of tired human body spread out on the couch.
These also serve as reminders of thoughts that are good to share with those around your world of life so that they may begin to understand or have more of a belief in just what you may be going through.
REMEMBER – it is COPD AWARNESS MONTH!! Don’t be shy and get yourself out there and help educate others about the wonders both, good, bad and ugly of the battle we fight each and every day of our life.
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
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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