Illustration 5: Balance
It isn’t always easy balancing COPD on one side and normal life on the other.
The right help can help you stay steady.
Many people said they plan their days in advance to ensure their symptoms don’t get worse: “You just have to think a little bit more”.
“You also have to be aware of the environments that you are in, that you are not surrounded by too much pollution – you need to be out in nature and get good quality air.”
There was a sense that living normal life with COPD was a balancing act, in which ‘getting on with normal life’ is on one side and the allowances they make to accommodate COPD on the other.