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Hi ajschulte, and thanks so much for sharing the extensive and heartwarming story of your life, work, family and medical situation. You do indeed seem to be fortunate to have found your husband, the love of your life. Please feel free to access our COPD.net website - we are glad to have you as a member! Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)
My name is Aida and I am 76 years young, have smoked for 52 years, was not a heavy smoker but I was a steady smoker, (not proud of myself)
Like every one I panicked, worked my way out with the help of my husband. We got married I was 61 and I truly believe that he was send to me by a higher authority, to take care of me, you see I was a caregiver for a long time and that job was what I wanted to do even though I had a masters in psychology and majored in children and elder psychology. My family begrudged me for my poor choices, little do they know, that was the most rewarding job I have ever had, and my last patient was my husband mother. At the time I did not know him well, always left the room when my patient's family came to visit. After my future mother in law was put in an independent facility, I moved on until one day my phone rang and my husband of today asked me out and asked the question, needless to say eventually we did get married, he is 6 years younger then me but the kindest man on earth. His love gave me the courage to keep fighting, he was very very fatherly kind to my 3 daughters, he walked one of them down the isle on her wedding day, and at her bed side all through her illness that took her away from us. Again without my beloved husband I would not have survived. He was there for me day and night by my side cheering me up, spent a lot of money on healthy food that I would cook, he would take hours searching online for the best quality supplements to keep me strong, for after my daughter passed she was the closest one, of the three, to me, we were friends so it was a double whammy. It has been 6 years and in the interim I had 3 major visits to the ER and twice I had to stay I. The hospital, he stayed with me, never left my side, making sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. The bottom we all need a lot of love for when you give you will receive it back. And he admitted to me that they had send his mom home with 2/3 months to live and after my care she lived 6 motor years. When she had been in the hospital they remove both her breasts, she also fell at home in the care of another person and broke her hip and knee and they (Dr's) gave up hope saving her, so apparently my husband was very impressed to see how well his mom was doing in my care and she and I had bonded very well and she was talking him into making me his wife, 15 years later I can say that with my COPD and psoriatic arthritis I am doing very well. We have in the middle of our living a Treadmill and in our kitchen a power plate and I am always encouraged to use them especially on days where it is very bad weather out there. Never been as content and happy as I am today, everyday I count my blessings and thank God at every opportunity I have for the wonderful gift of love that gives me so much hope and I wish the same for everyone. God Bless you all.
Hi msmoody - I too would l like to express my condolences to you and your family for the recent loss of your father and mother-in law. A sixty-three year marriage is certainly something to admire and strive for! It's so gratifying to hear the value you find in our site - please know that you are always welcome here.
Leon (site moderator)
Hi all ,I have emphasemia overlap asthma I'm 66yrs old ,getting very hot over here plus smoke from fires is really knocking a lot of people about,myself included ,IV been on a steroid inhaler last couple of mths twice a day (pulmicort inhaler ) I'm also on Ventolin ,ultibro ,IV recently noticed bloating of stomach mainly plus abdomen also really have trouble keeping eyes open when I'm relaxing or trying too anybody relate to this.thank you
Hi again, Davoe, and thanks for your post. While I'm hopeful you will hear back from others in response to your inquiry, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on 'asthma COPD overlap syndrome': https://copd.net/clinical/acos/, since you mentioned you have this condition. I do hope you gain some additional insight from the material.
Leon (site moderator)
I think this is a Truly amazing site!!! My dad and his wife I of 63 yrs both died of COPD within the last 2 yrs.
very sad to watch because I really couldn'tis do much to help them.
I actually think the climate you live in determines the speed of this disease.
msmoody, I'm so sorry for your recent losses. It's so painful to lose those we love and especially if we have to watch them suffer. However, I'm sure you did more than you actually know to help them. Sixty-three years!! That's quite an accomplishment, isn't it?
I'm so happy to hear that you like this site. We want it to be one that people can come to for accurate information and a way to connect with others that can help them.