What can you do?
Think about what is making you feel isolated
Pay attention to self-degrading thoughts like "I wish I wasn’t sick, it means I never have interesting things to say" or "People never seem to get me or how difficult it all is when I’m struggling to breathe." Social opportunities, when you have a chest condition, can seem like a heavy burden. The more you feel lonely, the more you feel inept and unworthy, the more you stop believing anyone will ever like you. A lonely person is unable to put their best foot forward in any given social situation. Hence, loneliness feeds on itself. You are not alone. Estimates based on general practice records suggest that 8 million people have been diagnosed with asthma, 1.2 million with COPD, and over 150,000 with interstitial lung diseases (pulmonary fibrosis or sarcoidosis). An estimated 86,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with lung cancer, and over 5,000 (mainly men) have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. The numbers are pretty big. You are far from alone. Replace negative self-talk with affirming messages, such as, “I am perfectly lovable just as I am,” and “I welcome love, friendship and support into my life.”