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Who can I talk to about living with COPD if I am newly diagnosed?

After you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chances are there will be changes in your everyday life. These changes may be small or they may have a big impact. Talk with your doctor about how you can breathe better, help slow the progression of your COPD, lower the chances of getting sick with breathing problems and improve your ability to take part in your usual -- or new -- activities.

It is also beneficial to contact support groups so that you can talk to others who are living well with many of the same challenges you face.
If you have been recently diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you can speak with your primary care doctor. If your COPD is more severe you can also speak with a pulmonologist (lung doctor). Also, there are support groups online and most likely in town that can give you helpful information.

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