Bronchiectasis: Dealing With an Invisible Illness


In this video from COPD Challenger, John Cummings explores the frustrations people with bronchiectasis and COPD have with other people’s perception of the illness.

Study finds bronchiectasis patients have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more here.

As with many chronic diseases, bronchiectasis and COPD are rarely obvious to others as they are unlikely to be present when a person is having a hard time breathing, or when they have to take medication. If they only see them in a work or social environment, then it may seem that there is nothing wrong when this is not true at all.

John explains how he has had to deal with people telling him he isn’t ill, just because they can’t actually see any physical problems. He talks about how frustrating it can be when people don’t believe his health struggles because from the outside he looks like a fit, healthy and strong man. John urges other COPD and bronchiectasis patients to focus on themselves and try to ignore others who may challenge their health status.

This video explains exactly how the lungs work and what happens when we breathe. 


Bronchiectasis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.