Where to Find Help
Support is important when you're living with COPD, both emotionally and for doing everyday tasks. Friends and family are a great place to find it. They often want to help but aren't sure what to do or how they can be of assistance.
Start out by explaining about COPD and how it makes you feel. Then, let them know that you need help and tell them exactly what they can help you with, like day-to-day tasks. For example, ask your family to carry in the groceries or take out the garbage.Here are a few other ways family and friends may help:
- Attend doctors' appointments with you, and help you remember what you want to ask
- Remind you when you need to take or refill your medications
- Take care of household chores and errands like grocery shopping and cooking
- Help make things more accessible so that you won't have to climb stairs as often
Finding one of many COPD support groups is another option. Whether you find one near home or online, you may feel reassured when you see other people with COPD going through the same things you are. You may make new friends, and may even learn how to tackle a new challenge when it presents itself.
Here's a tip:
Don't be intimidated if you don’t want to share information about yourself at first…support groups are great places to listen and learn.
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COPD Action Plan
A personal tool that helps you talk to your healthcare provider to make a plan that is best for you, including when to call your doctor and when to get emergency care. Make sure your friends and family know where to find this document. Be sure to take it to your next doctor's appointment.
Better Breathers Clubs
Find a Better Breathers Club in your area. You'll get to talk to others who understand what you're going through, and support from those who may be sharing the same struggles.
Freedom From Smoking® Online
FFS Online is a helpful program for adults who want to quit smoking. The program can be accessed day or night, 7 days a week, and will provide lessons that teach you how—not why—to quit.
Reaching out to someone you trust is important in dealing with all the feelings that come with COPD. In addition to talking to your healthcare team or a friend or family member, you may want to consider talking to a coworker, contacting a counselor, or confiding in a member of your clergy.