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COPD and Relationships

Often a person’s relationships are affected when COPD is in the picture. Sometimes people don’t know what to say, which can make it hard to interact. Other times, people say something that shows they don’t understand what a person with COPD goes through, and that can be painful.


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  • longlegdog
    1 year ago

    I have had depression and been on medication for a long time. Now I’ve been diagnosed with COPD in addition to severe joint problems. Family doesn’t really accept me mentioning any of it and the only one who exhibits any compassion and love is my 13 year old grandson. Now I can’t take him places this summer like I used to. We live 1miles from the beach and I can’t make it there very often with him. My husband expects me to carry on with all the housework. Life doesn’t seem to have much meaning anymore

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi longlegdog and thanks for your post. We all appreciate what you’re going through as many in the community are in similar circumstances. Are you under a physician’s care for your COPD condition? With proper treatment you may be able to manage it to the point that you are able to spend more time with your grandson. I’m sure he just wants to be together with you whether you’re at the beach or just at home.
    If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator/team member know. All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • mream68
    2 years ago

    I’m not sure I know how. I can medically tell them but as to me and my feelings and concerns I’m at a loss, maybe because I’m afraid to face this disease

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