Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2021
I hesitated at writing this review, as I believe in writing it, I must reveal personal medical information that I'd rather not reveal.
I believe the review will benefit enough people to outweigh my selfish need to keep my physical condition private.
l was diagnosed with COPD in 2013. Because at that time I wasn't experiencing any symptoms, I pretty well ignored it,
thinking... well, I'm not quite sure what I was thinking. About three years ago I noticed that
I was huffing and puffing
from walking up a small hill. I attributed it to pushing 70 years old,
and gave it little thought. After all,
I could still walk 3 miles, so it couldn't be too serious a problem right?
Well, now it's a problem.
I can't walk 3 miles anymore. In fact, I get winded from toweling off after a shower.
I suddenly realized
that I was in trouble and began to look for help.
This book has been more help than I can describe here.
The insights by both women have been eye opening, to say the least.
Rachel's contention that "She found herself, time and again, trying to climb over a wall of medical professionals
who insisted that sick people should stay sick" is so sadly true that it makes me want to cry.
It hit me like a bolt of lightening that I'd been to a Pulmonologist, a Cardiologist and my own medical doctor,
and not one of them even mentioned pulmonary rehabilitation, or for that matter, anything that would be of help to someone with COPD.
This was a devastating realization. If I was going to get any help, it was only going to come strictly through my own efforts.
If you have COPD, don't deny yourself the information in this book, because it can and will change your life
in ways that seemed out of reach before you read it.
As a side note, I also began using a pipe shaped device that's also available on Amazon called The Breather.
I've only been applying this information and The Breather for about 4 weeks now, and I already notice a difference.
My lungs don't crackle anymore when I'm laying down, and my recovery time between sets of walking on a stepper has become shorter. I see improvement already.
I guess the bottom line is, what do you have to lose? My love and thanks to Rachel for the deep understanding of the disease
that she's shared, and to Dawn, for sharing such a personal accounting of her journey,
as she deals with what seemed like an impossible health crisis.