Welcome to the March Update from Breathing Better Living Well!
If you have chronic lung disease you might say, “It seems like yesterday that I was moving about without a care in the world, not having to take medications or use oxygen.” For somebody else, it’s just the opposite, as if it were a lifetime ago that they gave no thought to their breathing - and a major health concern was the farthest thing from their mind. Looking back on a year, we can't help but reflect on where we were then... and where we are now.
What's in a Year?
Have you ever heard yourself say, “Where has the time gone? A year has passed and it seems like it was just yesterday!”
When I started gathering ideas for this newsletter, I thought back to what I was doing a year ago. I was packing my suitcase to go to a place I’d never been before. All alone. And there was just one thing on my agenda - to get up in the morning and write until I made major progress on my book about COPD. I’d worked on the book on and off, over several years, but this was different. I was on a mission to make the book a reality. And now, exactly one year later, it is.
So, back to our question...what’s in a year? The simple answer is that in a year there are 52 weeks, 365 days, 8, 760 hours, and a grand total of 525, 600 minutes. It's fine to look back at the big picture, but when it comes right down to it, life is made of moments. Let’s make the most of each and every one.
We’ve got a great update for you this month! Let’s get to it…..
COPD and Worry: What is It?
Jane's Articles on Health Central -
Here's a three-part series on Worry. Dr. Vijai Sharma's writings on this subject have helped me greatly in my ongoing - and very personal - battle with the worry monster. I hope my articles, based on his work, will help you too.
How Does Worry Affect my Health?
COPD and Worry: Stop it, Manage it, Be a Doer!
Is That Good? Understanding Vital Signs
What's normal? What's safe? What's not? What do my numbers mean for me?
COPD Awareness, Prevalence and Action
Five pictures of Prevalence, Death rates and Funding for Research.
What can I do to help?
I'm just one person! What can I possibly do to make a difference? "Operation 435" (there are 435 U.S. Congress persons) shows you four things you can do. Operation 435 - COPD Foundation
COPD Congressional Caucus
Did you know the U.S. Congress has a COPD Caucus? Is your representative a member? United States Congressional COPD Caucus.
The BBLW Community continues to be a great place where you can find a listening ear, answers to your lung questions, links to articles, discussions, and more. Meet others who understand what you're going through and are there to help. Stop in and meet Respiratory Therapists, Larry-Monday, Sandy-Wednesday, and Jane-Friday to ask questions. Stay tuned....new "Ask the RT" to come!
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Not yet in the BBLW Bookstore , but, finally, here it is - my new book! Thank you for letting me share this big news with you!
Live Your Life With COPD - 52 Weeks of Health, Happiness and Hope
Dr. Sharma advises us, "Blow your breath into your palms and say to yourself, 'I just blew off my worry.'” Just as the little girl in the image above is blowing those bubbles, do your best to blow away your worry until it goes up and up and up, then pops and disappears. Take it from me....it’s not always that easy, but it’s worth a try.
On a personal note...
What a year its been! A year of accomplishments, of tears and heartache, of doubt and loss - but through it all, it's been a year of personal growth, some pretty big "Ah-ha!" moments and yes, abundant joy. As I fretted over the bad stuff, wise friends and family held me up and said, "You've done your best. Now let it go. Just let it go." Those are moments I hold close to my heart.
Well, my friends, in just a few days I'll be off to the Panama Canal with the Sea Puffers. It'll be quite an adventure and I can't wait to tell you all about it! For now though, I'll leave you with hopes that your coming month - and year - will be filled with easy-breathing days, be light on fret and worry, and abundant in peace and joy. See you next month!
"Worry never climbed a hill. worry never paid a bill.
Worry never dried a tear, worry never calmed a fear.
Worry never darned a heel, worry never cooked a meal.
It never lead a horse to water, nor ever did a thing it 'oughter.'"