How Do I Connect with Real People Living with COPD?
Navigating life with COPD can sometimes be scary or confusing, especially when going through it alone. After hearing those words – “you have COPD” – it’s hard to know where to turn when all the information is so new and unfamiliar. You want to talk to someone who has been through it, but you don’t know where to find them!
The good news: you don’t need to know someone with COPD (emphysema or chronic bronchitis) to hear real-life experiences and get your fears heard and your questions answered! You just need COPD.net.
How do I connect with others on COPD.net?
Most people start by reading our articles about life with COPD from the people who know it best- our COPD advocates. Almost all of our articles on this website are written by someone with COPD or a healthcare provider (like registered respiratory therapists or registered nurses!) and some others are from our Editorial Team, who bring the latest news and research updates to the community.
How comfortable are you in speaking about your disease with others who are not part of your support system?
Articles are just the tip of the iceberg! You can also ask any questions you may have about COPD using our Forums. Using our Forums conversations is a great way to get answers to any of your “is this normal?” questions and hear directly from those who have been through it.
Forums are also another way to dive deeper into a conversation geared around a specific topic. For example, this forum is a place to discuss COPD devices & equipment, while this one focuses on treatment.
Have you ever wondered, “Am I the only one dealing with this?” or “Has this happened to other people too?”? On COPD.net, you’ll also find community members who have submitted their own stories, written from their own experiences and perspectives.
Do you have a friend or family member who might enjoy our website or newsletters?
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, RLS, sleep apnea) in addition to COPD?