I have just been diagnosed as having COPD. I'm only 37, and I'll be honest, it's really got me scared. I smoked since I was 18, and switched to vaping 5 years ago. Besides my lungs, I am in relatively decent shape, but I'm terrified that this just cut my remaining life expectancy in half (or by even more). At the moment, the anxiety is far worse than the actual COPD symptoms.
Even if I'm able to slow progression, I feel like my odds of even reaching retirement age are fairly minimal.
If someone had asked me yesterday how old I expect to live, I could have confidently said 80. Today, I fear I might not make it to 50.
What can I expect the next 10 years to look like? 20 years?
Is there anyone here who was also diagnosed in their 30s?