BELIEF AND COPD

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.

 

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