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COPD and Relationships

How has COPD impacted your relationships with family, friends, and others (i.e. dating, coworkers, acquaintances, etc.)?

  1. I have had to explain to people that my attending events all depends on how I am feeling.

    1. Hi again, CopdGirl - I never heard that one - a chocolate teapot' - that's a good one!
      In fact, I do have one for you (perhaps you haven't heard it - 'as useful as a screen door on a submarine'. How's that?
      Leon L (author/moderator)

    2. Hi Leon, No not heard that one, Ahaha good I like it.X

  2. It has caused a very small circle of people who stay around me.

    1. I too have tightened my circle of friends and former business associates and colleagues. No offense to those who find themselves on the outside of the circle, but keeping everyone informed is not only tiring, but it is emotionally counterproductive as it constantly reinforces my declining health.

    2. I need to stay focused on the positive aspects of life and not constantly remind myself of my failing health.

  3. Not being able to go to lunch or dinner with friends. Can't go to movies. Just name it 90 present of the time .And you are totally exhausted 😩 to want to go

    1. It's hard, I was the one that did everything, now I can't even leave my house, my husband has been doing everything and at times ha gets mad, but I can't help it, at times I feel bad that my husband has to do everything

      1. You sound so much like Myself. The guilt and not keeping My house up wears on Me.

      2. I'm sending a hug to both of you. It is TOUGH to adjust to a change in functionality and chores at home ... I hope that with time, you can extend grace to yourself. At some point, the vast majority of us will need some kind of help in life. I am certain that you are not purposely passing the chores on to others, so there is nothing to be ashamed of or guilty about. Of course, it's easier said than done. But please know that we get it, and that we support you here. Keep taking good care of yourselves, one day at a time. -Melissa, copd team

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