Out in Public with COPD

Being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can have a devastating affect on all aspects of your life including your social life. At first, you may not want to go out in public or socialize because of  your diagnosis. This is not a wise decision.


Keeping yourself behind closed doors will only make you feel worse and you will be shutting out the important people in your life who, whether you know it or not, want to help you and be there for you. The first step you have to take is telling yourself that you are the same person you were before you found out you had COPD. There are two common types and you can see the details pink puffer vs blue bloater.

The second thing you need to tell yourself is that your friends, family and co-workers will not shun you, they will be there for you and will want to help you.

And the third thing you have to tell yourself is that the more you continue doing the things you always did and the more you get out and take part in life and live it to the fullest, the better you will feel.

In the short-term and in the long run, partaking of life is the best therapy.

Let your friends know what you know. Tell them about the changes you need to make and what they can expect, then leave it. Don’t make a habit of constantly reminding them because they already know. Reminding them will only cause them to feel sorry for you and that is not what you want. You want them to see you as the same person you always were, and that is how you should act. You can also give them some references they can check  for themselves so they can learn more about your condition.

When you go out in public, make sure you have everything you need, such as medications, with you in case of emergency. It is a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet or similar device if you can so that in the event that something happens, the people nearby will have some information to work with.

Start small if you need to, but at the very least, start! If you are at the point where you need to have someone with you, entrust this to close friends and family members , when they are not available, you can hire a companion to spend the day with you.

You will see in no time that this is the best way to go about the situation. Your short of breath (sob), not dead. Having a social life and getting out of the house is the best thing you can do for yourself, so grab an oxygen tank, get out and live your life like you always did, you won’t regret it!