If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’s important to learn about the changes you can expect and strategies to help you cope with the disease. COPD isn’t curable, but you can take steps reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
COPD affects your ability to breathe. Some people with COPD find they need to restrict their daily activities, and some become unable to work or exercise. If your COPD prevents you from doing things you once enjoyed, you may feel a sense of loss. While you adjust to your new lifestyle, it’s common to feel:
Managing the social and emotional aspects of your COPD can be just as important as managing your physical symptoms. Learn how to take control of your physical symptoms, lifestyle, and emotions.