When I was first diagnosed in 2009 with emphysema, I spent the next two years being angry and frustrated. Bad move. All those lovely calories being wasted on the negative, how silly I was.
I went to Pulmonary Rehab and had an epiphany after hearing one of speakers say that the main difference between those who do have a lung problem and those who don't is that the 'do have's' constantly think about breathing. That rang a very loud bell. The rest of the talk went over my head as I suddenly realised that this was exactly what I was doing. The whole 'not being able to breathe well' had become such an issue.
So very quietly and calmly I went home and vowed to stop overthinking and start doing. I stopped allowing it to take over my life and just simply get on with it as best I can each day; some are better than others, but every day is a good day. I laugh and sing and hunt the sun whenever it shows its face and try not to let all the things I can't control take much space in my life.
There is a lovely community feel on this site which seems quite unique and some great characters to help to keep the boredom and the odd panic at bay - love it ! The breathing techniques and drugs help too - hahahaha !