living
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...

answers
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...

living
By Michelle Vincent - July 13, 2017
... than most people. Yet it isn’t who we are. No illness can take that away from us. I have a friend who does beautiful cross stitch and beautiful embroidery for other people. She loves animals and bakes a mean cake. Oh, she... also has several chronic illnesses. I have another friend who draws beautiful concept art. Her lines are simple and made for coloring books, or other friends, or her hobby. And she’s also disabled. I have several...

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...

living
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...

living
By Theresa Cannizzaro - July 17, 2017
... a lot about COPD– from the clinical side, but not the personal one. I felt alone. None of my friends or family had COPD and while most were supportive, I decided to just hide it and not tell anyone. This ate me up...

news
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 Editorial Team - April 25, 2017
...Motivating your family to help with household cleaning can be challenging. For people living with COPD, it can be difficult to ask for more help, or even tempting to forgo rest and say, “I’ll just to do it myself”. However, when managing symptoms, going to medical appointments, and practicing self-care, keeping your house clean may require the whole household to pitch in. As we escape winter and move into the time of Spring Cleaning, follow...

living
By Janet Plank - February 21, 2017
...One night at 3:30 am, my husband who was a police officer, brought home a puppy that seemed to be a stray. Oh the ticks on that poor puppy. We pulled ticks for quite a while and gave him a bath. I told my hubby that the puppy would stay at our house until the owner showed up or I’d keep him if they didn’t. They didn’t. After 2 weeks, we called Gizmo ours. He needed vet care, which we provided. I was relieved that I didn’t have a reaction...

living
By John Bottrell, RRT - January 4, 2017
.... Love your spouse, children, grandchildren, and friends. You can have good health, a successful career, a nice house, a great job, and a fancy car, but none of those will make you happy if you don’t have solid relationships... interested in it. Spend time with friends and family. Participate in family events. Go on vacations, even if it means lugging oxygen tanks or compressors with you. Keep your mind busy. Stay active as you can. Regardless...

infographic
By Editorial Team - June 12, 2017
...Over 2000 individuals from the COPD community shared their thoughts and experiences in our survey, covering everything from symptoms to what it’s like living with an illness that is difficult to diagnose and even more complicated to manage. Here are the highlights: Additionally, fatigue was the second most common and third most challenging symptom for respondents. While many think of COPD as just a lung disease, limited oxygen can affect every...

living
By Michelle Vincent - June 2, 2017
... – strangers and friends – gift me with many small considerations. When I’m out and in my power chair or wheelchair, people have held doors open for me, made room for me to pass through, stopped and gotten items off... the top shelves for me, and all without me asking them to. My friends send me surprise care packages filled with spices and herbs, different teas, coloring books, colored pencils, snacks they think I’ll like, and chocolate...

living
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 need...

living
By Editorial Team - April 27, 2017
...Many of our community members find it helpful when we share various resources – both here at COPD.net and on our Facebook page. With that in mind, we bring you our list of “Resources for the Community” – please feel free to visit (and share!) any time you or someone you know may need any of the offerings listed below! In addition to those listed here, we also encourage people to reach out to local, in-person options...

living
By Michelle Vincent - February 23, 2017
...To Our Family and Friends Who Are Caregivers: Thank you. Thank you for being our friends and caregivers (or carers). This disease is so very hard and everything you do makes it easier for us. You’re in an interesting.... Take care of yourself. You, as caregiver and as a human, deserve some time to yourself. You deserve a respite and a sense of normalcy. Have some time away from home. Hang out with your friends, take in a movie, sit outside...

stories
By selmatate1 - February 14, 2017
.... and would like to make friends in this location. I am deaf, unable to use telephone but have iPhone and can read text messages and e-mail. [Editor’s Note: email address removed for author’s safety.]...

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