The following has been adapted from the 1998 EFFORTS Brochure by Edna Fiore. It has circled the net many times through forums and e mails between COPDer’s.
Sick Lungs Don’t Show
I may not look sick; BUT…..I have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Living with COPD is very restrictive
It means having to avoid strong odors, smoke, flowers, perfumes, cleaning supplies, paints, solvents, vehicle exhaust, shaving lotion, bath powders, incense. I also have to avoid extreme weather and wind, crowds, molds and dusty places because they make me short of breath.
Living with COPD can mean having difficulty walking up stairs or inclines, not walking very far, being unable to “rush” or “being rushed” tiring easily – especially if things last too long, being unable to tolerate tight clothing and the inability to talk for any length of time.
Living with COPD can mean coughing in public which…
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