Hello, my name is Faye, I am 70 years old and have had COPD approximately four years! I have underlying medical issues, had a stroke 12 yrs ago, unrelated to smoking (malformation in my brain). I have had two close friends pass related to emphysema and who wholeheartedly begged me to stop smoking! I have sought counseling, taken medication, used the patch, and prayed! A fear is present for me....death. My sister 'n law stopped smoking five (5) yrs and developed lung cancer and passed six months later!
It is NOT my intent to present with a "sad story", but I am struggling to stop smoking a pack a day! I care for my spouse who was hospitalized for nine (9) months for congestive heart failure, now on dialysis, and an amputee (one) leg. Although, I experience the anxiety, I utilize tools to get me through the anxiety.
To date, I experience intermittent shortness of breath and utilize my inhaler rarely. I have a cough in the mornings. I am no longer on blood pressure meds, per my doctor because my bp is normal.
I want suggestions from those of you who have COPD as a result of smoking or has suggestions for me, I welcome them, please!
I look forward to communicating with you!