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Emigrating With COPD

The inner child, the little voice that speaks to you when you need a helping hand. We all have one, we just need to listen. Start believing in yourself again. We've all been through some tough experiences with this disease and it's not an easy road to travel. In my case, moving from one part of the country to another is a challenge, but leaving a whole life behind - that's another story.

Beginning a new life

We are traveling across the sea to begin a new life on another continent, and it has been a very interesting and stressful journey. You definitely need nerves of steel.

I've had to work harder than most people. I've put everything I've learned about myself during this time, to good use. I have learned new skills as an emphysema sufferer and my patience has been tested on many occasions.

Packing our lives into a small cube to cross the sea to our new home was a surreal experience, to say the least. My extremely wonderful husband Nathan and beautiful daughter Rebecca were absolutely amazing. It wasn't easy for them as with my limitations as I wasn't able to do as much as I really wanted to. I felt guilty many times, but we got through it and now we are reaping the rewards of our hard work.

The planning stages

We began this journey about a year ago and it's been quite a monumental experience. As a family, we decided to leave our beautiful South Africa to join our family in the United Kingdom. Getting there has been no small feat.

We had to sort out passports and that meant doing a lot of walking, which for me is a big deal. Standing in queues is not my idea of fun and it was extremely tiring as you can imagine. But I did it and did it well, I might add. There were many times I felt like giving up and I had a few meltdowns. I thought things were too tough and I couldn't possibly carry on.

However, I didn't give up and found the strength to carry on. It's amazing how much power there is in the human spirit and I'm glad I found mine.

Dealing with all the emotional stress

Next were the stressful moments around arguments that ensued over various ways to book flights, how the boxes should be packed, etc. You name it, we argued about it. Tensions ran high. Trust me, moving to another part of the world is no picnic. However, we survived that and now we are looking forward to making new memories.

Believe in yourself and have faith

So when things seem unmanageable, be passionate about the things that you love and you will find all the strength you need. It's in us all and when you find that little voice that lets you know that you are never alone, you are strong. You are a marvelous piece of the universe.

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