A diagnosis of a chronic lung disease does not mean the end of your life, but it can certainly feel impossible to remain optimistic. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Not only do you have your friends, family members and caregivers, but you also have a group of new friends going through the same thing—or, at least, you will.
The Benefit of Support Groups
Being diagnosed with an incurable disease is really hard. No one expects an individual to take it easy and just move on. Knowing that you are not alone can most certainly help. Whether you want a place to tell your story, ask for advice, or just soak in others’ narratives, support groups can be a superb resource when dealing with a tough time. When you join a support group, you have the opportunity to meet other people facing the same obstacles as you. Today, there are support groups for everything, but finding one specific to lung diseases can be difficult. As a resource, here are some possible support groups that you can check into:
Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center
Located in numerous states around the country, the Vanderbilt Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Center is known for their patient education and patient support. The center hosts a monthly support group for individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their families. The support group session in Tennessee is located just twenty minutes away from the Lung Health Institute in Franklin.
Better Breathers Club
As a resource provided by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers club has events and meetings available in several states across the country. Specifically near the Lung Health Institute in Tennessee, there are regular monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month in Maryville. These clubs are open to any individual dealing with shortness of breath including patients with lung disease. The Better Breathers Club is a national group that has opportunities to meet others in many places around the country.
Freedom from Smoking Classes
Also sponsored by the American Lung Association, smoking cessation courses are available for individuals ready to take back their life smoke-free. With smoking being a leading cause of lung disease, quitting can mean the difference between life and death. With classes available all over the country, chances are you will only be a quick trip to and from the Lung Health Institute.
You are Not Alone
Watching someone you love be diagnosed with lung disease, or actually being diagnosed with lung disease yourself, is hard enough; you don’t need to go through it alone. Support groups can be used as a means for learning about your diagnosis and about yourself. They can be used to learn how to take better care of yourself to learn about treatments that work. If you or a loved one is ready to breathe easier, contact us or call us at 888-745-6697 to speak with a patient care coordinator who is ready to help you.