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By Editorial Team - October 29, 2015
...riends. The biggest lifestyle change for anybody with COPD is to stop exposure to tobacco products. Even people who have had COPD for a while are able to slow down the rate of declining lung function by quitting smoking. Any friends and family members who smoke need to quit, too. At a minimum, there shouldn’t be any cigarettes within your reach to tempt you, and friends and family should not smoke near you so you can avoid exposure to...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - December 11, 2015
...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 they...

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By Editorial Team - November 4, 2016
...is easily searched and easy to understand as well as being scientifically based. Whichever way you choose to get information, once digested, you will be in a much better position to explain your condition to your family and friends. Even in that regard, you will have support. Again, our website has many articles devoted to just this sort of topic; how patients with the condition can educate their friends and family about COPD in an effort to...

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By LB - November 16, 2015
...find that they have to put on a happy face and try not to let others know how they’re really feeling during the holidays. But despite the seasonal stressors, many individuals noted they receive additional support from their friends and family during this time of year. 73% of respondents recount that their friends and family offer to help them more so during the holiday season and many also feel they receive some level of emotional support from...

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By Michelle Vincent - November 10, 2016
...u there too if you’re up for it.” These two simple sentences let me know several things at once. The most important thing was that I was not only invited but wanted. Sometimes we feel so alone in our disease. Our friends are kind and don’t want us to get sick because they wanted us to do something with them. So they don’t ask. Our friends don’t understand and get frustrated when we cancel plans because we...

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By Michelle Vincent - February 4, 2016
...s. Walk slower when we’re together. Let me sit when I need to. Some days I just need to sleep all day. And that’s all right. Let me. 5. I am lonely and would love company, but can’t cook, clean, and host for you. I miss you, friends and family. I would love to see you. It gets kind of lonely when you’re housebound like I am. But when you visit, please understand that the house may be a bit messy and I may not be able to cook fabulous dinners...

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By Tonya Hidalgo - March 3, 2016
We have talked many times about what we all wish our family and friends knew about having COPD, but have you ever wondered if they have questions that they are too afraid to ask? Think about this for just a moment. Many of you have been the rock of the family, the one that never gave in to a cold. You were the one that pushed through late at night to make sure that all of the arrangements were taken care of for a family event, or maybe you were...

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By Stephanie Huston - December 23, 2015
...is struggling is wearing a visible “nose hose.” Shortness of breath can feel “like you’re dying” but is not always noticeable from the outside looking in, which is why many of you in the community expressed frustration when friends and family say “You don’t seem sick.” “COPD is not only caused by smoking” While many with COPD have smoked, it is not the case for everyone and therefore, should not be an assumption made by others. For example,...

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By Jenn Lebowitz - August 29, 2015
...ea to join a pulmonary rehabilitation program to teach you how to stay active. Such programs also offer a supporting case of medical experts and fellow COPDers to motivate you. It also helps to have a good supporting case of friends and friends, and to hang around COPD communities like ours.   Response from Leon Coping with COPD is a challenge that can be met. There is no question, that the physical impact of COPD can be significant....

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By Editorial Team - November 6, 2015
...endous following from the COPD community at large.     Response from Tonya Get involved in a support group. You will need people around you that understand what you are going through. Allow yourself to lean on your friends. Many great friends are willing to step in and help. Sometimes they are just waiting for permission. A sweet friend recently went through a horrible fast moving disease (not COPD). She had a few extremely close...

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