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Taking Things For Granted

Before you were ill, did you ever take your life for granted? I know I did. Living life to the full, think the saying goes, "Work Hard Play Hard." I truly thought I was invincible. I worked hard and had jobs that I loved doing so I was lucky to do the jobs that I wanted to do. Working shifts I think I used to make up for the times I couldn't go out.

Judo-mad

I used to smoke and I often came across the damage smoking could do in my job but it definitely did not deter me. I was of the opinion it wouldn't happen to me, oops.
I was always very very active working shifts and I also had a passion for sport. We did Judo as a whole family - both parents and both sisters were Judo-mad. Writing this and looking back I am smiling. Although it's many years ago oh how the tables have turned.

Adaptations to make things easier

I'm not so active and can no longer work, my brain says go and do something I go to do it and I can't. Sometimes I completely forget I can't do something until I try. I'm all for doing as much as I can myself but have made adaptations to make things easier for myself. We have moved to a bungalow so there are no stairs (used to live in upstairs flat). We have a walk-in shower with a seat and grab rails (oh how I miss a bath). And I have a wheelchair and mobility scooter.

No one said life was going to be easy

Though I exercise regularly, walking is a big problem for me (high anxiety and agoraphobia) plus a low Lung Function of 20%. I really struggle to walk distances. The scooter has given me freedom and independence which I haven't had in a long time. I have a new found life with my wheels. It's so important to keep as active as possible but to also make life easier when possible. Less stress makes life easier. Living with COPD is hard enough to deal with. It can get very frustrating with the bad days and good days and the highs and lows. Not being able to plan ahead. But then no one said life was going to be easy.

Life is precious and so are you

I've looked back from when I was first ill to where I am today. So far forward and healthier than I've ever been. Quitting the cigarettes, eating healthy, exercising which I love and getting out and about without huffing and puffing wondering if I can get to the bus stop. Don't waste what life you have: make the most of it, don't take things for granted. Life is precious and so are you. Grasp things with both hands and embrace the things you do. If you're having a bad day and cannot work or do your chores, pick up a book and have a read or listen to music. Don't sit there frustrated - make the most of a relaxing day, your dishes can wait until tomorrow, today is the day for you.

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