Living with a lung condition

If you have been diagnosed with a lung condition, it’s likely that you’ll have lots of questions.

As well as thinking about the condition itself – what treatment options are available to you and how you will manage the symptoms, for example – you might well have concerns about how to cope with the impact your lung condition will have on your day-to-day life.

Living with a lung condition doesn’t mean life has to stop, but it will inevitably affect you in different ways.

You might have to think about your diet and how the weather affects your symptoms. You may also be wondering how to approach activities that typically trigger breathlessness, like exercise and sex, and whether you’ll still be able to travel and do the things you’ve always enjoyed.

Many people also find their mood and way of thinking changes. It’s not uncommon for someone with a long-term condition to feel depressed or anxious, or to worry about work and finances.

This section aims to address all of these concerns – and many more that you may have. It contains lots of useful information about living with a lung condition and how to make the most of life.

BLF respiratory nurse with female patient
Going home from hospital
A handy 18-point guide of things to think about when you are discharged after a flare up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Going home from hospital
Healthy eating for your lungs
Healthy eating
How to eat a balanced and nutritious diet to keep you well and help you fight infections and what to do if you are struggling with your weight.
Healthy eating for your lungs
Woman exercising for better lung health
Exercise
Lots of advice and information about how to lead an active life and exercise safely with a lung condition, including classes and resources near where you live.
Exercise for lung health
Smoking cigarettes
Smoking
We all know smoking can damage our lungs, but do you know why? Finding out the facts can help to motivate you, your friends and your family to try to stop smoking.
Smoking and the lungs
Helpline officer at the British Lung Foundation
Benefits and financial support
An outline of the benefits that you may be entitled to in the UK if you have or you are caring for someone with a lung condition.
Benefits for people with lung conditions
Couple on boating holiday
Going on holiday
Information on how you can plan and enjoy a relaxing holiday in the UK or abroad and helpful tips about insurance, travelling with oxygen and travelling by plane.
Going on holiday with a lung condition
Woman affected by a lung condition
Final stages
These pages aim to answer some of the questions you may have about the end of your own life or the life of someone you care for.
Support for end of life

 
If you are worried about anything or have any other questions that aren’t answered here, you can call the British Lung Foundation Helpline on 03000 030 555. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and calls are charged at a local rate.