This year, for World COPD Day, we would like to celebrate the women across the globe who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
It is relatively unknown that women are less likely to be correctly diagnosed with COPD than men. Conditions such as asthma, anxiety, depression and osteoporosis are more common in women than men with COPD. Women may also find it more challenging to stop smoking than men and women with COPD experience 25% more exacerbations than men.
It’s easy for anyone with COPD to feel helpless, but we want to make sure that every woman living with this lung disease know that they are not alone. That’s why we are proud to have worked with a number of inspiring women to tell their stories. We have developed a collection of short videos featuring women living with COPD and their loved ones discussing how COPD has affected their lives.
We want to help raise the profile of COPD as a disease impacting the lives of both women and men. With the help of these ladies’ testimonials, we want to ensure that anyone affected by COPD realizes the importance of early and correct diagnosis as well as appropriate and effective management of COPD.
By sharing the experiences of these inspiring people, we hope to empower anyone living with COPD to challenge themselves and not accept their current limitations by finding new ways to do the things they love (with the support of their healthcare providers). Check out these moving journeys on COPD: Life is Calling today.