There are times when I despair of the low profile that lung disease has. Not just when it concerns the big issues, things like lack of funding for research, being left out of SCN's and so on, but also in the littl, everyday constant reminders that we don't really count. After moving into a council property last Autumn - for which I am extremely grateful - my one year 'trial' as a new tenant is up and I have now been awarded a 'secure tenancy', for which I have to sign and return a copy. Being the council, they also sent a form with a lot of questions and tick boxes to complete and send back. Being a bungalow they ask about my health - which of the following Disability /Long Term Conditions did I have - I have reproduced the tick box list exactly as it is on the form;
Physical - affecting arms and/or legs such as I need to use a wheelchair Permanently.
As above but using a mobility scooter.
Permanent need for crutches or stick.
Blind or serious visual disability.
Deaf or serious hearing disability.
Mental condition such as depression or schizophrenia.
Learning difficulty such as Downs syndrome, dyslexia or autism.
Chronic Heart Disease
Other (please specify)
So there we have it - we are the 'other' at the bottom of the page. One of the nations biggest killers, severely debilitating, and yet while depression and dyslexia are listed as disabilities, COPD does not even rate a mention. 'Nuff said!