My wife’s daughter who is a young MD and not a pulmanologist told her mother that they did not teach her in med school you could overcome COPD with exercise and diet.
The only message I heard after my very skilled Doctor saved my life was “I will make you comfortable”. He prescribed me oral steroids, an inhaled steroid, anti-depressant, blood pressure meds and oxygen. I sat on the sofa for two years. There was no action plan to improve my health, or was I too shocked to hear the plan?
My life changed when a girl walked up to me in Walmart and asked me if she could pray for me to get better, I agreed. That prayer was the first step to my recovery. I started researching the different options I might make to improve my health. I had been an athlete as a young man, the pulmonary rehab option made sense as the first line of action.
In pulmonary rehab I learned that walking would be one of the keys to my recovery. Walking reduces lung infections, lowers blood pressure, strengthened the cardiovascular system and helps with depression.
I was able to stop my oral steroids, blood pressure meds, antidepressants and oxygen. I still use Symbicort and Spiriva.
Changing my diet was and is a key part of regaining my health. I learn more and more about the benefits of eating whole foods.
No matter what is going on I say “I feel healthy, happy and terrific” drink my coffee and then head out to the gym. Exercise has been the key to me being able to overcome COPD.