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I am recently widowed after caring for my husband (we were 45 years married) for the past 5 years, who ultimately became quadriplegic. Life has been very difficult, with no help at all from any of the Authorities. I don't regret a moment of it and still miss him desperately. Life has been pretty rough, but then what happens? Something comes along and kicks you in the teeth. That something, in my case, is COPD. At the end of the day, I feel as if it's one of those self-inflicted illnesses (in my case, as a 30 a day smoker) and so I'm reluctant to tell anyone what my diagnosis is: it gives them less of a chance to say \". . . it's your own fault!\" So, I'm keeping it secret and am telling those who need to know, that I have developed asthma because of the recent stress in my life.
I've been 7 days without cigarettes and it's a struggle. I've been reading around on here and know what I should be asking when I see the doctor tomorrow. My illness is not as severe as some of you, but I have also learned (from reading on here) that exercise is a tremendous help. I've had a brisk 15 minute walk today and hope to build on that each day
I shall ask for the Fev1 score tomorrow and hope to be able to improve on that too.
Sorry if I'm sounding too bright and breezy, but after reading around on here, I've at last got some strategy to dealing with what life has thrown at me and have now got some sort of a future plan.
Thank you for reading this
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