Hi everyone, I have mild COPD with lung function of around 47%. I have just been referred to the Pulmanory rehab course because I've had a few worrying episodes at night where I wake up suddenly gasping for air and feel like I can't breathe, quite scarry. I haven't given the disease much thought up to now or its profression but my mum dies of emphysema ten years ago and the consultant said it can run in families. I swim once a week and do Ceroc dancing, over last year noticed I can't do the fast dances anymore. I think the pulmonary group is a good positive thing although it requires two mornings a week for six weeks. I have seen a gadget a while back in a Chemist which you blow into and it helps excercise lungs...was thinking of getting it, suppose it's a bit like blowing up balloons? Maybe it will help? Anyone have one and does it work for you? I think keeping fit and eating well are important but having hobbies and doing crafts or music really help place your focus on other things that are uplifting. I feel being supported and understanding the disease is important and I'm just starting to learn more, sometimes it's depressing not being able to have the energy to do things but there's so much in life that is beutiful especially in nature. I am not a quitter and very positive most of the time.
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