I am new here and first I’d like to introduce myself!
My name is Bianca and I’m 32. I was diagnosed with emphysema and chronic bronchitis about 6 months ago. I’m a wife and mom of 2 and work full time in a grocery store.
I smoke for 20 years (dumb I know) and have a hard time quitting, even with meds.
For me copd was never anything I thought about so I don’t understand it all just yet.
The diagnoses came with a ct for my lymph nodes where they found nodules in my lungs. I was referred to a pulmonologist, did a pft and yesterday a repeated ct for the nodules.
I understand already that prognosis for copd is hard as it bases on many things.
For me, I’m lucky since I have very large airways but otherwise my pulmo said that my lungs look pretty bad. And all over very puffy which he said he had never seen in a person under 50 before.
I think my biggest question I have is more about the scaring of my lungs. I can’t find an answer online and won’t see my pulmo for a couple more weeks. So does anyone know by any change is bilateral pulmonary scaring always equals pulmonary fibrosis?
I am terrified of fibrosis as I read the average life expectancy is only 3-5 years from being diagnosed. I’m only 32 and we were trying to have another child (which of course I placed on hold even though it breaks my heart).
Please anyone insight on the combination of the copd, and scarring? What does the puffy lungs mean?
Thank you so much and sorry for the messy text 🤦🏽♀️