Living with Chronic Lung Disease Living with chronic lung disease changes a person's life and means adjusting to a new way of being in the world. You may have been active for all of your life and now you can't do things you once enjoyed. You may feel slowed down and less spontaneous. You may feel self-conscious about being on oxygen or having a chronic cough, and reluctant to go out in public. These are common losses that must be grieved like losing a loved one. It is normal to feel angry, afraid, sad, depressed, guilty, stressed and frustrated with all of the changes. You need to allow yourself to feel all of these things even when it is uncomfortable. You also need to use the support of others to help you feel less alone in dealing with these changes. Adjusting to an illness is a process and will not happen overnight. Be patient with yourself, learn more about your disease and how to make lifestyle adjustments to have quality of life. Featured Stories Emotional Management Read more Steroids and Nutrition Read more Spirometry Testing Read more Innovative Therapies New Hope for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients Ed Duncan shouldn’t be alive. He is among patients who have lived longer after taking new medications for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. View Ed's Story Related Conditions Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CODP) Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD/Pulmonary Fibrosis) Bronchiectasis View all Specialties & ConditionsMore Living with Chronic Lung Disease Tips Less Strenuous Positions for Sexual Intercourse Intimacy Importance of Being Together Exercise and Sexual Activity Depression Communicating with Your Partner Common Feelings Body Changes with Age Anxiety Spirometry Testing Medicine Safety Managing Your Medication Supply Oxygen Therapy Asthma and Lung Disease Medications ILD Medications COPD Medications Quitting Tobacco Using a Spacer With an Inhaler Using an Aerochamber® Sleep Emotional Management Cigarette Chemicals Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette (Version 2) Steroids and Nutrition How to Use an Aerolizer® How to Use an Aerochamber® with Mask How to Use a Diskus® Using A Respimat® How to Use a Flexhaler® How to Use an Autohaler® How to Use a Neohaler® Using the Ellipta Inhaler Device How to Use a Twisthaler® How to Use a HandiHaler® Many Children With Asthma Use Their Inhalers Incorrectly, Leading To Serious Complications How to Use a Nebulizer® Devices for Inhaled Medications Inhaled medicines, or medicines that you breathe directly into the lungs, are an important part of treatment for chronic lung disease.