living
By Janet Plank - November 16, 2017
...When I was first diagnosed with COPD I heard the phrase “COPD is a family disease.” Over time, and talking with COPDers and family, as well as other support people, I came to understand it. We COPDers can go through so many things. Those who are near the COPDer can see how COPD is affecting their loved one. They can see the loss or gain of weight, they can see the change in breathing and for some a struggle, they can watch their COPDer walk...

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...

living
By John Bottrell, RRT - November 8, 2017
...I have now been a respiratory therapist for 21 years. During these years I have taken care of many people with COPD. Some I have even gotten to know quite well. It is through these experiences that I have compiled this list: 8 things I wish everyone knew about COPD 1. You can live a long, productive life with COPD. I have known people who have lived 20 plus years with COPD. Your chances of living a long life with COPD increase if you see a doctor...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - October 1, 2017
...Has anyone ever said to you, “You look fine, it’s hard to believe you’re sick!” or something similar? Many people in our community have expressed their frustration with COPD being “invisible” in that you can’t necessarily see the symptoms and challenges that can come along with it. Join us this month as we talk about the invisibility of COPD: discuss it in the forums, ask a question, share your story...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - October 31, 2017
...How important is COPD awareness to you? Join us this month as we put a spotlight on COPD for the annual awareness month! If you’re interested in letting more people know what COPD is – or what it’s REALLY like to live with it – there are many ways you can help increase awareness… If you want to hear about how to do this – here are a few! You can: discuss COPD awareness in the forums, ask a question about...

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...

answers
By Editorial Team - October 13, 2017
... family and friends don’t understand how COPD is making them feel, because it’s something you cannot see. So, since we’ve been talking about the invisibility of COPD lately, we asked our experts: How can I... explain to my friends/family that I might look fine, but it doesn’t mean I’m doing fine? Check out what our experts had to say! Response from John You can think of it as a headache. You can look perfectly fine when you...

stories
By wally2 - October 5, 2017
...Hello. I got so fed up with explaining to friends and some family how I was feeling that I just say, I’m fine thanks. My wife doesn’t have to ask me, she knows as do my sons and daughter. I just want to add...

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...

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 Janet Plank - October 1, 2015
...In my last article, “Having A Social Life With COPD”, the focus was on things that can affect us, such as scented products. In this article, we will discuss the challenge we face just to get ready to go somewhere or even to have people in. The planning and preparations can be tiring before we even begin. Most of these things will be understood by a person in stages 2-4. Those in stage 1 and possibly stage 2 might not have experienced these yet...

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...