Currently, there is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have been diagnosed with COPD, the best thing you can do is to make the lifestyle changes needed that will keep your lungs and body healthy. Speak with your family and loved ones about your diagnosis. Family and loved ones can play a significant role in your life and your COPD.
Here are a few things that your loved one need to know:
- How they can help: Your family, friends and loved ones can be a great help for you, especially during the difficult days or moments of your condition. But in order for them to help, you need to let them know how they can do that. Every time you need help, do not hesitate to ask them, or explain to them what kind of help you need. They can help by keeping you company or helping you exercise and much more; you just have to allow them to do that. Ask them to join you for a walk if you are not really motivated to exercise by yourself. You can also ask them to remind you not to practice bad habits. Having loved ones by your side is very important.
- Let them know your limits: COPD comes along with certain complications, such are difficulties in breathing, or low energy. These complications could be a drawback from some of your responsibilities or other activities. Let your loved ones know when you are feeling unwell. Explain to them that they need to be understanding, and that your limitations vary. Don’t rely on these complications or use them as an excuse, though. You should not be afraid to challenge yourself and test your own limits.
November is National Family and Caregivers Month! Help spread awareness and remember to thank the people that help and support you!
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