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I have read at least two hundred posts, comments, etc and no less than one hundred websites in the past month. I have a question about my diagnosis; ( a million really!)
I am 59, Male, relatively healthy, fev/fvc 67%, fev1 87%, Oxygen saturation of 98% BMI of 30% and shrinking. I did a treadmill test and walked 14 minutes at 198 HR at level 5 incline. I eat pretty well, work 55 hours weekly at a stresful construction management job. I do experience breathlessness at times though unless up hills, i can walk as long as I want up to a few hours if I chose (i dont often though) but do experience some "breathy" breathing. I have some mucus generation - especially in the morning though not to much as it clears out in about one hour +-. I do clear out my throat througout the day. My official diagnosis is Mild obstruction. My pulmonologist at a major hospital and I spoke for one hour last week and he said I would likely not experience any significant issues in my lifetime due to COPD. Of course i want to believe him but most everything I read from websites, blogs, personal accounts goes completely against what my pulmonologist told me. Can you please share your perspectives with me? I admit to being so overwhelmed with this new "life" that I have brought on to myself. I am an ordinary, single Dad who is raising my daughter full time. She is a wonderful 13 year old pre-professional Ballerina, warm hearted and thinks I am a mountain. She does not know I smoked ( I quit 2 years ago after 10 years of less than one pack per day). Could the doctor be right? I want so bad to believe but just cant. I also want to say that I read much from those who have lived with copd for a long time beginning where I am but are far into the disease. others have been newly diagnosed at stage 3-4 and are struggling to grasp all this. I do know that I am "fortunate" to be at mild but want others to know how much I honor all of us at this who are navigating the culture of copd. Please share . Thank you, LT
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