The weight of the world: What COPD feels like
Deb Bailey, 47, of Hot Springs, Ark., has had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for four years. Most days she experiences shortness of breath, a “squeezing” feeling in her chest—like an elephant is sitting on her chest—and coughing fits, impacting the amount of physical activity Bailey can do.
“I wish I could play more with my grandbabies, volunteer at their school like I did when my kids were little,“ she said. "I wish I could walk to the mailbox without gasping for air.”