5 MYTHS OF COPD – MYTH # 1

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let us do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness (or two), I continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always be on the mindset that educating themselves will never end!

As for me, I battle severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, Depression, and a Chronic Heart Condition.

Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how that battle may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of my own chronic illness situation.

As I continue to educate myself, I also write so that I can help educate others as well.

Today we look at the Chronic Illness of COPD by giving you part one (1) of a five (5) part series on ‘The Myths of COPD’.

(A note – much of the information shared in this series ‘The 5 Myths of COPD’ came from an article written by Beth W. Orenstein and was reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH.)

With COPD now being considered the third leading cause of death in the United States and with more than 12 million Americans having COPD, Asthma, Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis – it is surprising that most people still do not seem to know much about the disease and those that do seem to have many misconceptions according to a statement once made by Sandra Adams, MD, MS, a pulmonologist in San Antonio.

COPD MYTH # 1: “COPD IS A DEATH SENTENCE”

While COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) never goes away and is considered a progressive Chronic disease – it is NOT an immediate death sentence.

With the many therapies now available, the chances of living longer with COPD have become greatly enhanced.

But to prolong the time for celebrating while having COPD, one will be required to do things that may be really tough to do at times and will require a commitment such as quitting smoking, leaving a job where the environment is bad for ones breathing and learning to exercise on a regular basis.

Yes – those changes can and will be possibly exceedingly difficult for many, especially the breaking of the smoking habit – but breaking the habit of smoking will not only enhance your long-term prognosis but will also increase the prognosis of those around you who have also inhaled the second-hand smoke and aroma that you keep leaving behind.

Leaving a job that may continually cause issues with your breathing is also something which may not be easy, but for your long-term survival it may have to be considered or done. Remember, one is never too old to be trained for another occupation if you have the stamina and initiative to do so.

Then we get to that rough word for many of us – exercise!

Exercising may be difficult to work into ones daily routine, especially if you have never been too enthusiastic about exercising to start with. But one must remember that exercise will keep your lungs working as properly as possible depending on the stage of COPD you may be in, and the timeframe of your days living will increase by keeping them lungs working as best they can.

When one tries to exercise, do not focus on the exercise and effort being put into it as much as one should focus on those family and friends for whom will appreciate your being able to be more alive and living for a longer period of time.

If a person diagnosed with COPD can follow the plan set forth by their health care team, they will find that COPD is not only NOT a Death Sentence, but one will find that their daily struggles will become fewer and most likely much more manageable.

QUESTION OF REFLECTION:

  • When one was diagnosed with COPD, how quickly did you recognize it as NOT a death sentence, but a challenge to be more creative in how you live?

If you would like to reflect on our question(s), you can voice your response in the comment section of this post or email your response to wheezingaway@gmail.com.  

SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.

AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!

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

Good Day.

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.

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