My Continuing COPD Journey
Last updated: November 2021
I'm counting my blessings. Lately, my life has been filled with so many obstacles, but everything is finally coming together. We are blessed.
We recently got the good news that we have a new home. It's not easy moving to a foreign country, even if your family is there. Finding a home during these Covid times is really hard and we've spent sleepless nights worrying we won't get one.
Having moved once already under some very stressful conditions has prepared me for what's next on my journey. I've been exercising every day with a renewed sense of purpose. I've also started a diary that I use daily to write down what I've eaten for the day and what exercise regime I'm doing.
Positive attitude, positive life. I truly believe that once I found out that I found my footing again after learning that my only health concern was how I would deal with COPD. My whole attitude towards my new life changed overnight and I realized I could start living again. I know that people say you can become ill even when you're not, purely because you think you are. Now it makes perfect sense.
Losing so much weight has led me to realize I need to get my exercise regimen back on track. I've started slowly doing my lower and upper body strength exercises. I feel empowered and so strong considering my situation.
New ways of life
Just starting a new life isn't really good enough. I need to be healthy enough to enjoy my new life. So eating well, exercising daily, and having a positive attitude are on top of my agenda the minute I open my eyes in the morning.
Meeting new people and being able to socialize without fear is another thing I've been working towards since being here. We are moving into a neighborhood with lots of younger people who have children. They are definitely more social than I am, but I know that the only way I will fit in is to be a part of my new community.
Learning how to do it
Like most people in the UK, I'll have the opportunity to walk wherever I go. I'm going to make a concerted effort to walk daily and increase the distance I travel as a way to keep strong.
I also found out that in the village we're moving to, there is a lovely lady who everyone knows - and she happens to have COPD. She has told various people that she would love to mentor me and help me increase my confidence. Her COPD isn't as bad as mine, but I think any kind of encouragement from people is a bonus. I'm looking forward to meeting her and being able to share my thoughts and fears with someone who understands me.
I can't wait to start looking after myself and being a part of a wider community that seems to really care about people. Here's to better times!
Editor's Note: We are heartbroken to share that Liana passed away in November of 2021. She is deeply missed but her encouragement and positivity live on through her articles. Thank you for everything, Liana.
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