With COPD, life doesn't have to be full of "DON'Ts." There are plenty of activities and hobbies you can enjoy.
at home and in the community
Karen — Reaching out and learning more about COPD
Corazetter — Doing what I love with COPD, but at a slower rate
Marianne — Even though I have COPD, I get involved
Alice — COPD hasn't stopped me from learning more
Edna — I can certainly enjoy life
We have a group of women who go to lunch once a month. Most of them have oxygen. And I'm in charge of making sure that the restaurant understands that there's going to be a bunch of people coming into their restaurant. Read More Read More We need a lot of room to put tanks down. And we found a few places that are just so welcoming and friendly. Nobody stares at us. Nobody gives us a hard time. And we can make an hour's lunch into a half day.
I love to travel. I've learned to love being active, meaning walking, hiking up and down paths with my dog, enjoying theater, opera, going out with friends, making plans. I love to make plans. I love to think ahead.
COPD is a difficult disease, but it has not taken over my life and I won't let it. I have learned over the years how to take better care of myself, how to enjoy life to the fullest. I may not be as active as I was way back when in my youth, so to speak, but I can certainly enjoy life with my husband, my dog, my friends, my family, take advantage of all that wonderful Washington, DC, has to offer, travel, enjoy the activities that we like, sometimes in moderation. This disease has taught me a lot about moderation. I've always been aggressive and a doer and challenged myself. Well, I think this is probably the biggest challenge I've ever had. Close Close
John — I want to stay active
I try to be involved in groups and activities. Or I'll stay active by taking the dog for a walk. Read More Read More He loves going for a walk. Sometimes when we go outside he doesn't know if he's going for a ride or for a walk, so first he'll go up to the car and be all excited, then when he realizes we're going on a walk, he'll about near try to pull my arm off the leash.
I want to stay active. It's—active doesn't necessarily mean physically climbing up mountains and running around racetracks. It could be something as easy as finding a new recipe and cooking, but doing something. As much as I enjoy my television, it's rare that I will sit down during the day and just watch television. There's just always something to do. Close Close
Your computer is the gateway to an infinite number of learning experiences and opportunities. You can take classes, socialize with others, play games, and even volunteer. Here are some great things to try online: Read More
Online Learning Classes
From Ivy League to community college, many universities and colleges offer continuing education classes. You can learn a different language, try to master a new type of technology, or further your knowledge on a topic that interests you. Some of these classes may be free of charge.
Common Interest Groups
Search for online or local groups that share one of your interests, such as cooking, gardening, COPD, or volunteering. There are plenty of online opportunities where you can find information on volunteering.
Learn how to do something that's always interested you, like take better vacation photos, create your own wallpaper, or make the perfect ribbon bow. Close
There are places to see and people to visit. People with COPD do not need to avoid traveling because of breathing difficulties. Caution and proper planning may be necessary for some travel. For instance:
Traveling to higher altitudes
This may be difficult because of lower oxygen levels at high elevations. Make sure to discuss traveling and your oxygen needs with your doctor.
Traveling via plane
The pressure in the airplane may affect your need for oxygen during the flight. Make sure to discuss the need for oxygen with your healthcare team before flying.
Talk to your healthcare provider about other precautions you should take when traveling. Close
Your lung disease may not directly affect your sexual ability. Talk to your healthcare provider about issues related to sex and COPD.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programs may have a class that addresses sex and COPD issues. Make sure to discuss any concerns you have with your healthcare provider.