Over the years, I've received countless emails from readers asking what they can do to get their friends and families to understand how difficult daily life can be for them. Whether it be because of increasing shortness of breath or unrelenting fatigue, people with COPD struggle to get through activities of daily living that most of us breeze through.
One of the biggest misconceptions about someone who has COPD is that they're not doing everything they used to do because of laziness. Nothing could be further from the truth. COPD zaps your loved one of essential energy -- even to breathe -- leaving them with little or nothing to give. Imagine how that must feel. COPD patients don't want you feeling sorry for them, rather, they just need a little extra love and understanding when they're having a difficult day. That's where you come in.
If you are a friend, family member or caretaker of someone with the disease, take the time to read the following article to see how you can help make someone's life with COPD a little easier: