Share Your COPD Story: Eileen Ryan

Posted by Eden Coleman on Oct 27, 2016 3:06:37 PM

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I am ecstatic to bring you the latest addition of Share Your COPD Story.

Today you will hear the story of Eileen Ryan, from the get go you will learn how Eileen has managed to not allow COPD to control her life through proper disease management.

The biggest thing you will notice while reading Eileen's story is just how incredibly optimistic she is. Despite having the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, COPD.

Once a nurse, Eileen became a patient and eventually received a COPD diagnosis due to her unfortunate decision to smoke.

But Eileen has made adjustments in her life that include quitting smoking and making the treatment of her COPD her number 1 priority.

It's now time to hear from Eileen: 

What was life like leading up to your diagnosis?

I was a nurse working full time and feeling short of breath at times.

I am a nurse, one day, I became very short of breath entering the hospital for my shift. I ended up as a patient and was diagnosed with COPD.

How have you adjusted your lifestyle post-diagnosis?

I have been doing okay, going to the gym, walking the treadmill, and pool walking. I am a former smoker, but did stop in 2002. However, the damage was already done.

What friend/family members provide support? How?

All my family and friends were and still are my best support and always will be my best support. :)

What is your greatest achievement in life that you are most proud of?

Being a single Mom for my 4 sons. Returning to school, becoming a nurse at age 32!! Also, quitting smoking in 2002.

If you were talking to someone recently diagnosed with COPD, what's some advice you would give them?

Stop smoking, exercise, eat fresh foods, drink lots of water, be with friends, family and be positive.

What was the hardest thing to cope with after your diagnosis?

Not being able to be as active as I have been. I've always liked swimming and playing tennis. Being short of breath is the worst because it leads to other problems. :(

What else should we know about you?

I have great family support and great friend support. Living a positive life. I do have sad days, but, love my good days!

Hate the Humid days we have had all this summer here, bad breathing days. Soon I will be in Florida and walk the beach for a few months, which is good for my lungs and mental wellness. :) 


As you can see, by making the treatment of your COPD a top priority you too can live an active, healthy, and social lifestyle just like Eileen.

It's important to keep in mind that although you have been diagnosed with a progressive respiratory disease, by maintaining a positive attitude, you will have the moral to quit smoking, exercise, eat a healthy diet, and pursue necessary treatments.

You are in control of the quality of your life with COPD, take action and master the management of your COPD starting today!

What was the hardest thing for you to cope with following your COPD diagnosis? Let us know in the comments below, or click the button to Share Your COPD Story and be featured on the COPD Store blog!

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