I was stunned when my doctor told me I had COPD. I had never heard of this disease before. The first thing I did was get myself informed. I read. I asked many questions. I was lucky enough to find a pulmonary rehab group in my community. I learned how to take my COPD medications properly. I now know what to eat, how to breathe and when to see my doctor.
Joining a pulmonary rehab group has made a big difference in my life. Five years ago I couldn’t walk more than eight steps without stopping to catch my breath. It was frightening and frustrating. Now my life has turned around. On good days I can go for long walks, enjoy grocery shopping and the occasional swim. I also laugh a lot. I’ve made many lifelong friends through my journey with COPD.
There are so many people out there who have COPD and don’t realize it. I’m sharing my story in the hope that someone will read it and recognize that they may have COPD. Diagnosis is the first step in taking charge of this disease and feeling better. See your doctor and get tested.