You can be upset because rosebushes have thorns
Or you can rejoice because thornbushes have
This series of articles are by or about individuals
who have COPD. In any case the story centers around the human element.
These individuals know that they are not quitters and intend to fight the
disease the best way they know how. Maybe your story needs to be here.
While many stories are similar, you will see that they are all different.
That is the nature of this disease.
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Cecil died in March 1998 but was resuscitated,
quit smoking and found the COPD Online Support Mailing List. Read
how things have changed.
Dorothy Williams shakes her head and wonders what
is going to happen next. She has had medical problems but now finds
herself with COPD but not in the advanced stages that others discuss in
these pages. In discussing the point of Dorothy's story, she said,
"I agree that the whole point to my story.... if I have anything to say
at all... is Don't wait until you crash to believe you have COPD!
That's the main thing I have learned from the COPD List."
Pat Dooley rides motorcycles with his oxygen tank
carried along and his touch of a beard breaking the breeze as he travels
along from place to place. Pat believes that to live with COPD one
must accept, adapt, adjust and overcome. He knows that you can not
overcome the disease itself, but through a proper attitude can overcome
Karen was diagnosed with COPD at 22 years of age.
By then, Karen was used to hospitals and medical procedures as she had
been in and out of the operating room since she was a baby. Karen
carries on and illustrates that attitude has a lot to do with "Living With
Donna has been fighting a variety of ills for
a number of years, including COPD, and had to struggle with the battle
to quit smoking. With a lot of determination, a good attitude and
a very supportive family, she has shed the skin of that "Other Lady" and
serves now as a model for us all.
Ed Costello was a staunch Irishman and lived life, even with COPD, to
the fullest possible. While considered a good candidate for Lung
Volume Reduction Surgery, in Ed's case it was of little help. He passed
away about a year after surgery. Ed instructed his family to celebrate
his living, not his death and his wife, Joan, tells their story.
In the eulogy that his son, Mike, delivered at the wake, he summed up Ed's
positive attitude toward living. Mike said, "All our memories of
Ed Costello are of a strong, virile man, full of vitality and with an aggressive
love of life. The toll his battle with COPD took over the past three
years can do nothing to diminish those memories".
I have had a number of folks ask me about my story
so decided I might as well add it. Perhaps we can entice some of
the guys to follow my lead and let me tell theirs too.
Glenda had breathing problems for over twelve
years now and continued to fight the good fight. She was considered
as a candidate for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery and even began the journey
to ready herself for evaluation for a lung transplant. Unfortunately
in January 2000 she gave up the good fight after a long bout with pneumonia.
Glenda's story includes a poem which she wrote and was typical of the many
poems that she wrote over the years.
Sylvia was busy planning on attending two important
weddings last year when she crashed! (That is, the disease got so
bad she ended up in the hospital and things were not going very well.)
Interestingly enough, while her plans did not turn out as expected, she
now considers herself an airline regular.
Way down south in Mississippi and close
to the Gulf of Mexico is a delightful lady who seems to sleep days and
stays up all night. When she is not chatting with her COPD friends
she is working on her families' genealogy or making useful crafts out of
practically nothing. A southern belle she is and an inspiration to
us all. Darla can find a silver lining on every cloud that darkens
the sky. This story features the first original illustration by Jan
Frankie who is featured in Drawing the Line on COPD below.
Jan ensured a long line of descendants by
having six children which are scattered all over the United States.
Jan, who is an Arizona girl, is actually part of the "staff" because she
will be lending her artistic talents to provide original drawings to illustrate
this site. Jan is like many of us. Reasonably early diagnosis
of a danger, but with a belief that it would not happen to her, she continued
to smoke. If there is a silver lining, it is that because of her
disability, she learned that she had artistic talent.
She earned the Fishing Lady title because of her
email address, bjflounder. She coined this email "handle" because
she has always had a love for the seacoast, beach sand, sea breezes, waving
beach reeds, and fishing. At the tender age of 50 she wanted to spend
time with her grandson and planned another fishing trip. While she
did make this fishing trip and loved every minute of it, the COPD took
control of her body just a few months later and she died on November 28,
1998. She will be missed by all who knew her.
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