COPD can be a very difficult condition to live with. Symptoms like shortness of breath and severe fatigue can force a patient to rely on caregivers for a wide range of help—from taking them to the doctor to everyday tasks like cleaning and grocery shopping. And for a close family member and loved one, performing these small things may seem like a small and more than worthwhile sacrifice.

However, it is essential for COPD caregivers to take care of themselves, too. If you aren't well, you won't be able to keep your loved one well.