Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, or asthma?
Shortness of breath, coughing, and other COPD symptoms can impact your life in every aspect - from sleeping to going to the bathroom. Everything is more difficult when it’s hard to breathe. Your family and friends can be a wonderful support system, but they might not fully understand what you’re going through.
That’s where a support group can help. When you join one of these groups, you’ll meet other people who are living with lung disease, just like you.
They can teach you tips to help you manage your condition. They’ll also give you a feeling of community. Just being around other people who have lived with the same condition can make you feel less alone. Support groups also typically engage the help of "experts", to provide information on topics that are of interest to the group
Support groups come in different forms. There are in-person support groups, and there are also virtual groups available online. And if your partner or a family member is caring for you, they can join a caregiver support group.
If you're looking to become a member of a support group, please connect with us on Facebook! We already have some online groups established for people looking to connect, share resources and provide support to one another. This is a great place to meet people who are going through what you may be going through as well.
Click Here to "Like" our page and join a support group:
For more information on creating a support group, we have created this "how to" guide: /sites/default/files/How%20to%20Start%20a%20support%20group.pdf
**NEW** COPD Virtual Support Group commencing October, 2020. Click HERE for more information