COPD: being part of a group The number of female patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is rising throughout the world, yet COPD in women is worryingly unrecognized, and often misdiagnosed. In honor of International Women's Day, we want to raise awareness of the impact of COPD for people across the globe by sharing the experiences of these inspiring women. Watch as Adriana, and Ersilia share their experiences with COPD and encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with COPD to join a community and share their own experiences. Take your first steps today and set a personal challenge, big or small, at or join our community on Facebook to be inspired by the steps people from around the world living with COPD are taking for a happier, healthier life. © 2018 Novartis AG