COPD: Breathless, Not Helpless

Those who are left in a wheelchair due to a chronic disease (COPD) that no longer makes it possible for them to move around without aid, can quickly start to feel alone and frustrated with their lives.

The normal tasks that most people take for granted quickly become out of their reach such as using the restroom, driving a car, or simply taking a walk as weather can quickly influence their ability to get outdoors. Instead, they are left in a world in which they are dependent on someone else for their every need which can quickly breed resentment, hate, and self-loathing.

Most of these feelings result from an overwhelming loss of control over their life that the illness or malady leads them with, and the even worse part is that since they are suffering from a chronic ailment there is no solution or future in sight.

This leads in turn, to even more apathy, hopelessness, and overall deep sunken depression as the light at the end of the tunnel quickly gets shut off. However, becoming homebound in a wheelchair does not have to mean that you are alone, if you develop the right coping mechanisms and tools to help gain back your sense of control.

The first thing that most health advisors will recommend to someone that is homebound in a wheelchair or homebound period, is that they seek out a fuller understanding of their health condition. Even though a health malady may be termed chronic, this word is not synonymous with fatal.

It is true that for most people they will have to live with the results of the chronic disease for the rest of their lives up until death, but it is also true that usually they have plenty of years of life left before this occurs.

With this fact in mind, now is the time to take back control of your life because even if your illness has taken control of certain aspects of your body it has not taken control of your life and neither will it be able to unless you allow it that power.

Your mind, emotions, and enjoyment out of life are still all in your hands if you learn to understand your disease and learn effective coping mechanisms that will help take the place of the hopelessness and anger that comes from the illness. Instead of getting angry at those around you, get angry at your illness and rage war against it by taking back control of your days.

One of the best ways to do this is to find a support group of people who suffer from the same condition as you that can offer their advice, well placed sympathy, understanding, and simple friendship.

Although this may seem hard to do if you are homebound, with the advent of the internet there are now many support groups and forums online for those that take advantage of the opportunity to get involved. Here you will not only find a wealth of support, but also a wealth of information that when combined can give you back your lease on life.

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