Having been asked by British Lung Foundation to support their campaign, the many faces of COPD, for World COPD Day, it is a great opportunity to show you some of the myths and facts around it.

In my previous post about the misconceptions of COPD , there’s a long list of preconceived ideas surrounding what it is or isn’t. But these are the main facts you should be aware of:

  • COPD is NOT a smokers disease. Other factors such as genetic or environmental can contribute to its cause.
  • COPD is NOT an elderly persons disease. As above, it’s not restricted to people of a certain age. With emerging causes such as air pollution, many factors can affect people from all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.

  • With COPD, you can still exercise. In fact, do it more (gently) if you can! Weak muscles require more oxygen, so continuously strengthening your respiratory muscles where you can will benefit more than harm.
  • COPD isn’t curable. This is true, but it doesn’t mean it’s not treatable and manageable. As with anything, you can’t be a passive bystander. You have to proactively manage it to prevent it from getting worst.
  • It’s never too late to save yourself or do something like, quit smoking (if it’s the cause). It’s never too late for anything. And even if you’ve been diagnosed, like me, I can attest to being able to live a fairly healthy life, even if at times, it felt impossible.  But this only happened once I become more educated about COPD and managed it well.
  • COPD affects more than just the lungs. Not to scare-monger, but having gone through the motions and experience, it can affect your overall well-being and you’re more prone to other illnesses such as depression . But…
  • COPD is not a death sentence! At times, it can feel like it, believe me, I have been there… but with awareness, understanding, education and patience, you can grow and overcome it. With a positive attitude and the right management, you can stabilise it and prevent it getting any worst.

The best thing anyone can do for themselves is to identify, learn and manage the disease well. This is the key to taking control and taking it step by step 🙂