CBS Sunday Morning had a great profile on COPD Awareness following Thanksgiving.
One of the things that stuck with me the most was the key phrase that I heard with my Mom and again with myself. “When you’re diagnosed, there’s a 3-5 year life expectancy”.
While that may be true for some people, I’m here to say “Phoey!” and to tell you to keep on fighting.
Not all versions of the disease are the same.
Not all sufferers with identical statistics for FEV or FVC1 are the same.
There is so much that goes into what you do to remain healthy.
What side effects are risked by the Rx’s you consume.
Whether or not you’re depressed (another side effect).
Whether or not you feel entitled to being healthier than you may be (thus, setting up a list of frustrations for you, that show up in your overall health as you’re busy fighting yourself AND the disease).
We are not our various ailments.
Rather, we are who we are and the challenges we face are just that – challenges.
So, do what you can when you can. Rest when you must. And take care of you while we learn about COPD together, and figure out what works to keep each of us healthier than not.