living
By Janet Plank - February 12, 2018
... of cereal, then peak at Facebook. Not too serious yet. It seems that I always have the morning slows. Scrolling often brings smiles as I see some of my friend’s morning greetings. There are some that share smiles, others... and oxygen, a bottle of water is nearby. I say goodnight to my family, my Facebook family and friends. I kiss my husband goodnight. Saying goodnight to another day, I look forward to the adventures ahead. As I begin another new day...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - January 31, 2018
... understand what a person with COPD goes through, and that can be painful. Hear From Others… Want another perspective on COPD & Relationships? Hear what our advocates have to say! Help your friends and family... understand Remember to say “I love you” My initial thoughts as a caregiver Share Your Thoughts How do you explain COPD to your friends and family? Weigh in Sign up for emails from COPD.net: Thanks! You're all set! Good...

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 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...

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...

caregiver
By Kathi MacNaughton - November 26, 2017
... with COPD. This initiative was described by President Obama during his administration as “a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.” “Family members, friends, and neighbors devote..., friends, your parish or caregiver support groups. The Caregiver Action Network is a great place to start. Take care of yourself. You won’t be strong enough to care for your loved one unless you take care of your own...

caregiver
By Tonya Hidalgo - November 24, 2017
...Explaining COPD to young children can be overwhelming. If the children are very small.. like mine were, you know that they won’t fully understand, and the last thing that you want to do is scare them. However, talking about it around them will keep this from becoming that “big mystery no one ever talked about.” If your children are older than five or six… they may be able to comprehend the broad concepts of disease and difficulty...

living
By Janet Plank - December 11, 2017
..., something triggers a COPD reaction. So much for family time. He doesn’t want to ruin their day, especially with family and friends joining the celebration. He decided to just call an ambulance. He didn’t want to be a bother... to his dad, then he would have if he had known. The Christmas celebration broke up soon after, since most wanted to go to the hospital. After all, they were family and friends. Dinner will wait until everyone leaves...

spotlight
By Editorial Team - November 30, 2017
... about the holidays with COPD. Help During the Holidays By Tonya Hidalgo It is important to remember why you loved the holidays in the first place. Family, friends and, in some cases, faith are at the center of these special...

living
By Editorial Team - November 29, 2017
... are oversimplifying or over generalizing your COPD. There’s a lot we want to say to our friends and family, but there’s also a lot we wish to say to each other. So we asked you in the community: If you could tell... may need to make major life adjustments. However, even the most significant changes may be able to be managed with the support of friends, family, doctors, or other sources of support. No matter where you’re at in your COPD...

living
By Michelle Vincent - January 4, 2018
...This one is primarily for friends, family, and the general public. You know that we COPD patients can’t breathe. We say we’re tired all the time. We talk about having chest pain and pressure. We have what we call...

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...

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 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...

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...