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By Tonya Hidalgo - December 11, 2015
...Most family and friends want to understand what COPD really is.  Some even stop and listen long enough to get a good idea of the symptoms, but really it is difficult to explain it all to them. My mom talked about it to some... of her friends and family, but over time, she stopped talking to most of them about it unless they opened the conversation.  Maybe it was because they didn’t want to know what it was really like, or maybe it was because...

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By Editorial Team - October 29, 2015
...One thing that can be very challenging when it comes to life with COPD COPD is explaining the condition to our family and friends – especially if they don’t know anything about it! So, we asked our experts... for their thoughts on the following question: How do I explain COPD to my friends and family? Are there any helpful ways to let them know what I’m going through? Response from John I find the best approach is to have them...

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By Editorial Team - November 15, 2016
... quotes from our writers here at COPD.net. Feel free to share it with family, friends, and on social media, like Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for doing your part to spread awareness! 16 Quotes for November 16 Say ‘I love...

living
By Janet Plank - February 10, 2017
... it for yourself. Do it for a family member or friend. Share your pictures and memories, fulfilled dreams live on forever. I can’t help smiling whenever I think of memories, those from yesterday and today, those that will be made tomorrow. Never quit dreaming. Dreams Have Come True. ...

living
By Tonya Hidalgo - December 8, 2016
...As I get older, it’s easier to see that some of the things in life that I thought mattered really don’t matter that much at all.  Material things come and go, and you definitely can’t take them with you when this life is over.  Entertainment that we can get completely wrapped up in doesn’t really matter when life gets hard.  What matters are the relationships that are made along the way and how you treat the people that you love. As a caregiver...

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By Mary Ultes - November 16, 2016
...When I say three things that make my COPD life easier I’m not talking about the medications I take, the fact that I’m on oxygen 24/7, or use a non-invasive ventilating machine when necessary. I’m talking about those little everyday things that go a long way in improving my breathing and make it a little easier to deal with my COPD. We all have our little ways of dealing with COPD that make our life better, but, for those of you...

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By Michelle Vincent - May 12, 2017
... felt like my family and friends did not understand how my COPD affected me. It was difficult to explain my fatigue or exacerbations that hit me at seemingly random times. I also talked loudly and frequently and obnoxiously... kicked Oscar the Grouch out of his garbage can. He’s such an amateur. When the responses of my friends and family turned into a bored chorus of “Uh-huh, uh-huh,” with glazed eyes, I realized that they might actually...

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