I have been with the love of my life for 8 years now. We have been friends for 30 years.
Michael was diagnosed with COPD in 2003 and together we have been going through the struggles of learning how to cope with this disease. As Michael’s health has deteriorated, I have become his caregiver. I will be the first to admit that I haven’t always been a good caregiver, I am not the most patient person in the world…..Go, go, go! Slow is not a word in my vocabulary, so it has been a learning and growing experience for me. Much of my frustrations is really due to not understanding the alarmingly quick progression of this disease and not being able to comprehend how it must feel to not be able to breathe. Michael says it is like being a fish out of water. First panic when you realize you can’t breathe and then even more panic when it becomes harder and harder to recover. I really can’t imagine. We all pretty much take breathing for granted…breathe in, breathe out….right? It works for the most part with little effort or thought!
I started this blog in the hopes that I could help someone else get through this process less painfully than we have. Michael will soon be on the waiting list for a double lung transplant and as we explore this daunting process, I hope to kee you informed of the direction it takes us.