My Therapy.

My Therapy

Sometimes in life, I have felt sad, defeated, happy, tired, excited, free, loved, goofy! I find that my happy place is doing something positive, something that I can see, share and/or give.

I think, this is why I’ve always enjoyed crafts. The most difficult is when my mind doesn’t function and I have trouble visualizing and even thinking about what I should do or can do. Some of that too, is a defeatist attitude. This happens when someone I care for is going through something or when I’m struggling with family things or health issues. However, the majority of time, I try to push it all aside. Being able to function is so important to me.

My Therapy

Crafts are a wonderful therapy. I enjoy creating videos for family member’s graduations and weddings. All types of crafts have brought joy. I used to like embroidery and all types of baking too, but struggle to do that anymore. Mainly because of my back and arthritic hands. My new passion is wreaths. Physically I can work on them for some time without too many problems and can tell when my body says stop. I do have to be careful to avoid products that can affect my breathing. If something is dusty, someone has to shake them out for me or to use canned air, which is wonderful. They are shaken outside of course. Dust is one thing that can trigger an exacerbation, as well as chemicals. I am so thankful for the person who created sticks of glue and a glue gun.

I love to write as well. There is nothing as freeing as writing. It started in school, with printing and then cursive writing. It progressed to letter writing, to family and friends. Then in a diary, throughout school and will continue for the rest of my life. I have trouble reading my handwriting more often now, there is that little shake, so I do use the computer more and more often, texting too. But writing also means more than pencil and pen on paper. Writing can be a mental challenge as well.

Writing as Therapy

Writing poetry and short stories were so fun, they frequently told of an experience or the way I felt. This was big in my teens. My mom was my greatest encourager. I still enjoy writing. Now it is more writing health articles and stories as I am do here.

Sometimes I stumble with a brain block. When I haven’t been able to think of what to write, or what might interest you. Maybe telling you I have brain blocks or brain fog might let you know that if you feel these, you aren’t alone. Do you feel that way? Mine seems to happen if my oxygen is low, when I’m having an exacerbation or when I’m feeling more severe pain.

We all have similar symptoms and things that we go through, yet they are uniquely ours. However, we can learn and grow with others in our COPD journeys. In our COPD community here, people care and we are never alone.

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  • lovinggrandma
    10 months ago

    Hi Janet. I am in stage 4 copd/w emphysema (?) And I find it hard to concentrate on the things I loved to do–planting flowers (I can’t go outside because of the humidity &pollen), I always read a lot but now I find I just read the same line over and over. I used to make cement paw prints and paint them with the pet’s name, birth and death dates on it (I worked in the veterinary field for 18 yrs). I just get so tired and frustrated I don’t know what to do to make me feel needed and not so overwhelmed. I am on oxygen 24/7 so I am limited as to what I can do. Ppl that haven’t experienced copd don’t have a clue what it makes you feel like. I am trying to get over an exacerbation now and my energy level is nil. I hope tomorrow my outlook will be better. Do you ever get just sooo depressed? Thanks for listening.

  • Janet Plank moderator author
    10 months ago

    Hi lovinggrandma…
    I really like your name
    Stage 4 has so many challenges and my heart goes out to you. I’ll bet your cement pet paws were wonderful and were so treasured by the pets family.
    Outdoor life has been so difficult for so many. I’m basically housebound so do understand some of what you are going through, but not to the extent.
    You see, I’m a stage 2 and am on Os at night and days as needed. I have severe allergies which also trigger exacerbations and severe reactions. I have had copd for about 9 or 10 years.
    Do you write yourself notes to help you remember? Reading the same over and over can be so tiring, do your eyes get tired too?
    Do you enjoy coloring? There are some neat adult coloring books that look like they might fun to do.
    Are you able do do any exercise or walking? That can be so good for a body. If pulmonary rehab is available in your area, maybe your doctor would write a recommendation for you. That might be something to talk to your doctor about.
    Yes, I do get depressed at times. I do have a support system, some many are fellow copders and family is doing better with support.
    Have you talked to your doctor about depression? He/she may prescribe an antidepressant, they can help. I hope that you get over your exacerbation soon, that makes it hard too. You are so right, people don’t understand what you go through, unless they experience it themselves.
    Does your family live close by?
    I’m so glad that you wrote. You helped me by writing, and you asked about how things are for me. That means a lot and filled a need.
    Always know that we are glad that you are part of this community and that it’s so nice to hear from you.
    Janet (site moderator)

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