Funny thing…I didn’t choose to write about this subject, denial. It chose me. When you work with, and listen – listen hard – long enough to people with COPD, you learn a few things. When I was researching my book, Breathe Better, Live in Wellness, and listening to the stories of people with COPD, people from all walks of life, all ages, from all over the country, I discovered that there was one common thread connecting every story. Denial.
But for me writing the stories wasn’t the end of learning about denial. It was just the beginning. Since I wrote the last word in that book, I’ve continued to hear people talk about denial, BC (their lives before COPD) and WC (with COPD). [Note how I don’t say AC, after COPD, because we’re just not ready to go there!] And it made me wonder if the patients I personally know, just those few, have experienced so much agony and so many tears working through denial, I can only imagine how many others out there are feeling the same way.
It is my hope that this series of shareposts will bring this monster, denial, out of the shadows, help you feel less alone – and light your way to live a full and happy life – WC!