Reflections of COPD/Asthma – Looking Back to Help with Today!!

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In today’s ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’, we will take a look at the thought ‘that to help with today – you must look back at your yesterdays’!

Doctor’s ask for your health history for a reason and it pays to be very honest and very, very open about your life and health, especially if you are diagnosed with any kind of long-term disease or illness.

For instance, if you are diagnosed with cancer of the lungs then you must share with your medical people anything and everything you may have done or been around that could have and/or may have caused problems with your lungs.

Being diagnosed with COPD/Asthma is the same – be up front and honest about everything and anything that could in even in the slightest way have been a problem with your breathing in any way.

Places you worked, places you would eat on a regular basis, places you visit, places you would play and places you would live.  Just as important would be the people throughout your life travels, people you would have worked with, people you would have visited, people you would have played with and people you would have lived with.

Using me as an example, sure I had severe asthma for seemingly forever and my childhood was full of inability to participate in activities and used lots of inhalers.  But I also lived in a home in which a parent smoked a pipe during most of my years before quitting when I was in my teens.

While I never smoked on a regular basis I did (like an idiot with all my asthma problems) smoke when I would possible get drunk, but more importantly to my end result of COPD it was likely the places I hung out over about a 5-year period – lots of bars, clubs and restaurants of which in those days allowed smoking everywhere.

I can look back now and know that spending nearly seven years in a fiberglass insulation factory, no matter the reason why I took the job, was not smart for someone who already had lung problems.  And this was followed up with twenty-plus years in the food service industry sniffing those fryer fumes, grill fumes and all those wonderfully toxic cleaning fumes to clean those fryers, grills and counters – and that doesn’t even count the number of those years when food eating places allowed smoking.

Did you live near any factories or refineries, I have, and those places more than likely have sent some level of toxic fumes into the air that you would have been breathing.

So especially for any of those who just recently have begun the testy journey of traveling life with COPD and/or asthma – always take a very, very close look at where you have been to help your medical people develop the path best suited for you in your travels with COPD and/or asthma, because without the knowledge of the past you may very well still be hitting those same COPD/Asthma triggers even unintentionally today.

We always try and finish with a question of thought, so today try this for some thinking – – your COPD/Asthma has arrived, but do you know what the invitations were that brought you to this battle and are you sure you are not still leaving the welcome mat out for trigger invitations today and tomorrow?

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.

NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give 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 and more medical founded information.

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

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reprint or use by written permission only.)

To follow more postings written by Mr. William, check out either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.

(Information used is gathered from a various number of books, magazines and websites followed and read by Mr. William.)

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Prayer/Meditation – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 23)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Prayer is much more

Than just asking for things –

It’s the peace and contentment

That quietness brings.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayers or removed his steadfast love from me.”  (Psalms 66:20)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember to take time to experience prayers and/or meditation by finding quiet time to just let the world wait while you rest with just you and God, for then you will find truth’s that reside within your heart as the silent solitude can and will enrich your day and within true prayers/meditations you should find calm within yourself as well.  (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Disappointment – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 8)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

When life becomes a problem

Much too great for you to bear,

Instead of trying to escape,

Just withdraw in prayer.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from the all, he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”  (Psalms 34: 19-20, NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember that disappointment will pop up along life’s travels whether we ask it to or not.  For those who fight the daily battles of a chronic disease/illness, disappointments are seemingly just part of the path we are traveling, so when an unexpected one pops up from family, friends, circumstances or whatever it can be an extra downer for our day, week or month.

The important thing to do his rely on our faith and hope that it will get better and that it could always be worse (don’t forget we all die eventually) and for right now that disappointment is really nothing more than a little bump in the road, an irritating grain of sand in the eye or mouth….it is just that a brief downer in which in most cases had nothing to do with what your were or are doing – it just happened.  In the scheme of life, brush it off – pray about it, set the disappointment free – and most of all, move on. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Doubt – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 6)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Teach us, dear God,

That the power of prayer

Is made stronger

By placing the world in Your care!

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”  (James 1:6 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember to diminish doubt while working on increasing your faith, for doubt can and will play games within your mind, heart and soul.  With faith, we who have any kind of chronic illness  can find that much needed hope for a better tomorrow – but if doubt slips into the traffic of your day you must for your own livelihood find an optional direction to regain faith over doubt as doubt will most likely keep you from fulfilling the wonders of your trip in life while faith will always keep you walking forward in faith that all will be good. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Renewal – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(August 25)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

You are ushering in another day,

Untouched and freshly new,

So here I come to ask you, God,

If you’ll renew me too.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”  (Psalms 51:10)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember that every day is like a new glob of clay or an empty canvas just waiting to see what we can design and form into for the day ahead.  So what happened yesterday, or even the days before that, is all be gone – faded into what we call our past – and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it ever again (except for maybe an apology or two if needed).  So treat every morning as if your life is being renewed and realize that you and your choices are what make that renewal happen into whatever the day becomes. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Words and Work – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(August 19)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Success is a mixture of good, hard work,

Good humor, good luck and good sense,

And the little tasks of each day well done,

Will bring their own recompense.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.”  (Proverbs 12:14 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day remember that even within the battle of an illness there will be days where our words may only be a good as the work we do, for good words of hope and faith can only become real when blended well with the works that go with them.  So while you may speak the good words of a better day tomorrow, the better day will only come if and when you put the work needed to fulfill the words of your hope and faith for better days ahead.  (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Being a Friend – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(August 17)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

We know not how it happened

That in an hour of need

Somebody out of nowhere

Proved to be a friend indeed!

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Do not forsake your friend and friend of your father” (Proverbs 27:10 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day remember what it means to be and/or to have a friend, especially when we may be fighting a tough fight with our illnesses as we never know when a friend may be needed and the only true way to build a friendship like a brother/sister is to be so in return.  True friendships are sometimes hard to find, but being a true friend in your relations with all will find you getting a surprise friend in return while wandering through one of those times of need.  (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)