Thousands of members of MyCOPDTeam connect with one another and read each other's stories to gain perspective and validation about living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Another way to discover how to live better with COPD is through books written by people who have this condition. We combed through member book recommendations and collected a list of the most popular.
1. The Complete Guide to Understanding and Living with COPD: From A COPDer's Perspective by R. D. Martin
R. D. Martin has lived with COPD for two decades. In this all-inclusive book, he shares tips for finding the best care, minimizing fear and anxiety, and living a joyful and fulfilled life with COPD.
2. COPD Journal: Beautiful Journal With Pain, Symptom and Mood Trackers, Food Logs, Quotes, Mindfulness Exercises, Gratitude Prompts by Franchesca Colridge
This daily symptom and behavior management journal is the perfect pocket companion for anyone living with COPD. Users can track everything from meditation practices to pain and respiratory symptoms, while also receiving inspiration and advice.
3. The COPD Solution: A Proven 10-Week Program for Living and Breathing Better with Chronic Lung Disease by Dawn Lesley Fielding
Fielding, a respiratory therapist, shares breathing techniques, nutrition tips, and exercise suggestions to help people with COPD manage their condition.
4. Breathe Well and Live Well with COPD: A 28-Day Breathing Exercise Plan by Janet Brindley
This short book offers at-home, equipment-free breathing exercises that can help minimize breathlessness and coughing.
Check out some book recommendations and favorites from members of MyCOPDTeam:
"I'm going to try and get back into reading. I use to read four or five books a week. I just seemed to not be able to concentrate. That makes me mad."
"I just read the extensive articles you wrote about COPD. First and foremost thank you for taking the time to post. I have gained a greater insight into COPD because of your efforts."
"It is so important for us all to share our learning experiences that relate to the disease."
What book about COPD do wish you knew about when you were first diagnosed? Share in the comments below!