Everyone’s heard the medical extrapolation of COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. But when my manager Clair meets new people, she explains the acronym slightly differently.
COPD – Can Only Plan Daily
It’s an expression that’s been taken up by a huge number of my Breathe Easy groups, as members often struggle to explain to the people they meet exactly how COPD affects them – and the fact that it can affect them so very differently from one day to the next. I’ve also heard the long serving members of my groups saying it while talking to newly diagnosed members, who are trying to get to grips with their condition.
No-one wants to have to spend all day trying to explain what they’re going through – particularly on a day when you’re fighting for breath – so I’m particularly curious about how other people explain it. After all, the number of people who know what COPD is may be gradually increasing, but this is very different from really understanding what it means to the person living with it.