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I was diagnosed with COPD earlier this year and like most people knew nothing about it. I felt the despair most of us feel :cry: :cry: but then looked at things more positively. I researched the condition as I strongly believe that knowledge is power. I was hopeful that lung reduction surgery would help but then found I have the wrong kind of COPD and that the damage is too wide spread for this to help. Still positive though. I'm still here and though I have some problems with swollen feet (take water tablets and use surgical socks) and breathlessness (I swear by Spiriva, specially for COPD not asthma) and am using oxygen 15 hours a day I feel very positive. My lung function is 22% but I am still working full-time and will be going to Greece on holiday in a couple of weeks 8). I strongly believe in mind over matter and so expect my positive thinking to have a positive effect on my health condition. To all of you I say, keep smiling :D and stay positive.
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