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I am 59 years old and was diagnosed with COPD last Thursday. It has taken me since then to pluck up the courage to post on here.
I have smoked since I was 16. Feel so guilty and ashamed!!
I have not smoked since last Thursday.
In 2005 I had pneumonia and realy haven't been properly well since. I have had numerous chest infections and another bout of pneumonia in 2008. My most recent chest infection was in May and the young Doctor that I saw sent me off for lung function tests.
I am so pleased that she did. At least now I can deal with what I've got.
My FEV1 is 34%. Having read just about all the posts on this forum I realise that 34% is not good. However, I have only recently retired. I can still walk, do housework etc and only get sightly breathless unless the weather is very humid.
My next visit to the clinic is on Tuesday where they are doing various blood tests - which I still need to research about really.
I am feeling very mixed up at the moment. I am cross with myself, I am having cravings, I wonder why I was not diagnosed earlier as I had COPD written next to a chest xray in 2005, I am determined to halt this disease. Sometimes I feel really upset and sometimes I feel very positive and ready to fight.
Thank you for reading my post - just knowing that there are others with this disease makes me feel less alone.
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