After a COPD diagnosis, it may be difficult for people and their relatives to process all the new information and understand what the true impact might be on daily life.
Explaining COPD to others
For those without respiratory (breathing) problems, one way to demonstrate the difficulties associated with COPD is to try this simple exercise. Perhaps you could persuade your relatives to try it:
- Use a simple drinking straw to breathe through while walking around normally. Do you feel how this restricts your breaths in and out?
- Now try breathing through the straw while climbing up and down stairs five times. How difficult is that for you?
Explaining COPD to children
We understand that a COPD diagnosis can be a really difficult thing to explain to your loved ones; especially young children! Sometimes it’s hard to think of the impact that these changes can have on those around you and explaining why it’s happening can be even harder! The symptoms of COPD can certainly be a very difficult thing for kids to comprehend!
Join Hannah and Andrew on their journey with the Medikidz superhero team to discover the causes of their Grandma’s COPD and ways in which she uses her COPD treatment to support her condition.
The comic book is also available in different languages below.
We hope you find it useful! You can find it here.
Talking about your COPD
Having a lifelong condition like COPD doesn’t mean you have to stop doing all the things in life that you love. With some planning and the support of family and friends, it’s possible to work with your healthcare team to manage COPD and reduce its impact on your day-to-day life.
Check out this useful tool which will provide some guidance on how you can manage your COPD with your daily activities. You can use the COPD Action Planner to help you:
- Manage your condition
- Track your symptoms
- Prepare for your appointments
- Record your treatments
- Set goals to help you get more out of every day
- Identify if a new treatment plan might be needed
Check out the Action Planner here.
Talking to people with COPD
You can find people just like you to talk to, who are living with COPD on the COPD: Life is Calling Facebook page. You’ll also find educational content to help you understand the condition.
Use the links around this website to find out more about COPD. If you would like information more local to you, you can find respiratory patient associations such as: