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Fishing. Golfing. Gardening. Hunting. Traveling. Sailing. What do all of these things have in common? They’re all hobbies that many people enjoy.
Unfortunately, they’re also all activities that some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have had to give up. That’s what happened to David V.
David V’s Story
David V had sailed all of his life, first gliding across the water when he was just 10 years old.
However, when he began having difficulty breathing, his doctor told him he had COPD with emphysema. Depression set in, David started shutting down, and sailing became a mere memory of a life he once had.
Fortunately, David wanted more, so he called the Lung Institute and, a couple of months after his stem cell treatment, he was socializing more.
He also found himself back out on the water, enjoying sailing like he did before. “I got life again,” David says.
If you have COPD, you may be wondering how to return to the hobbies you enjoy, like David did.
Though the stem cell treatment certainly played a large role in his recovery, there are additional things you can do to make it possible to have COPD and still do the things you love.
Tips for Enjoying Your Hobbies with COPD
Though every hobby is a bit different, there are a few actions you can take that allows you to enjoy yours the best you can while still looking after your lungs.
- Knowing your body’s limits. No one knows your body better than you, so if you notice that you’re getting tired or having a hard time breathing, take a break. Some days you may be able to do more than others. That’s normal. Don’t push yourself as hard those days.
- Changing the way you engage in your hobby so it’s easier on your lungs. For example, if you like to walk, yet you live in a city, walk indoors on a treadmill on low air quality days. Or, if you enjoy long car rides so you can take in all of the beautiful area scenery, keep the windows closed to limit your exposure to traffic fumes.
- Trying something new. Even if you’re no longer able to do the activity you once loved due to your COPD—whether temporarily or permanently—that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other things you’ll enjoy just as much. Try a new hobby that is easier on your lungs, like reading or light yoga, and see what you think. You may be surprised to learn that there’s more out there that you like to do.
- Never lose hope. Even if you’re struggling today, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll struggle tomorrow. With all of the new and emerging treatment options that exist for COPD, there’s always hope. That’s why we offer stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute. We know that you deserve a better tomorrow.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of adult stem cell treatment options.
Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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