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5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

20 Apr 2016
| Under COPD, Lifestyle, Lung Disease, Postitivity | Posted by | 3 Comments
5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

Lung disease can be challenging, but here’s the silver lining.

When suffering from a debilitating and degenerative lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), life can appear incredibly unfair. From the exhaustion of a long shower to feeling completely out of breath from a walk to the mailbox, lung disease can have a significant effect on one’s life view. However, despite the difficulties of lung disease, there are things to be grateful for. With your well-being in mind, the Lung Institute is here to share 5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD.

5. Music

5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

Music is as old as civilization itself. Present in virtually every culture in some form or another, music is fundamentally tied to the human experience. Music is known to have a significant effect on our mood and emotions. With the ability to bring us back into past memories or set a tone for our day, music is a gift that nearly all can appreciate.

4. Things that Make You Laugh

5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

In another fundamentally human aspect of life, a good laugh and sense of humor can be both something unique as well as shared. Humor can be found in nearly anything: a video of cats, a practical joke or a well-constructed comedic bit. That act of laughing also is known for its ability to spread endorphins. In this sense, laughing can actually make you happy.

3. Your Mind

5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

The ability to be aware of ourselves and our actions is a skillset that sets us far apart from many other living organisms. Consciousness and choice are crucial to free-will and the human experience. Although it’s easy to forget this aspect of life, the ability to think, learn, remember, solve problems and gain wisdom is an uncommon trait in the full spectrum of life.

2. Success in Any Form

5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

As we’ve mentioned before, lung disease can be devastating to the quality of life of those who have it. However, it’s also important to remember every seemingly small success is a success in itself. Take time to celebrate your personal victories no matter how small they seem. Perhaps, you planted a new flower in a pot or made a new friend at a coffee shop or even took a shower without feeling exhausted. Any and all successes are worth celebrating.

1. The Challenges of Life

5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD

This may seem like the most frustrating aspect of the human experience, but it is also the most important. The challenges we face are often the same instances and conditions in which we are forced to grow and become stronger. Whether challenged by adversity in health, your career or your relationships, every setback, misfortune or mistake has led to the construction of who you are, and more than anything else, the fundamental core of ‘you’ is something to be thankful for.

As the scientific community continues to address the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life for those who need it most.

If you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Feeling a little less overwhelmed? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts and comments on 5 Reasons to be Thankful in the Face of COPD below.


  1. Matt

    11 months ago

    Hello Judy,
    Thank you for sharing your story. We’re sorry about your friend passing away. It’s never easy. We’re glad to read that you enjoyed our article. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Have a great day.

  2. Judy

    11 months ago

    Ain’t life grand! My dear friend, lynn passed away 4 years ago fro copd – and als at 59 yrs old. She would often shout out “ain’t life grand!” I now say that every day. Like teresa above i too am quitting smoking . I don’t think i like it better than copd so we must go on and never give up! I can’t afford “special” treatments but i’m looking for a stem cell study – if you do, please put me on your list! Thank you for this wonderful article. You lift me up!
    good luck teresa!


  3. Teresa Blackwood

    2 years ago

    Your information helped me alot. I am a 63yro female and I feel like I am dying. I want to start walking and I am trying so very hard to not buy any cigarettes. I ache head to toe and so tired. I don’t want to give up. I know I can take small steps, I just want my life back. I am going to take your advice on diet and do my best tovimprove. I am not on oxygen but a nebulizer. Thank you for such good reading, I know I can improve before my copd gets much worse. Thank you.

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