How can one continue when you can’t be active?

How can one continue when you can’t be active? I have severe COPD plus have knees that need to be replaced but won’t be because I’m high risk. I had stopped smoking but find myself smoking every which I know isn’t good. I’m starting to get depressed again but am working on that too. So how do I get myself better?


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  • nedra
    2 months ago

    I quit smoking over 22 years ago and still have desire to smoke. It’s not just the nicotine, it’s the whole process. I purchased, a couple times, zero nicotine vaping cig Believe me, this affected my COPD – darn I can’t even do that. I am end stage with asthma.

  • nedra
    2 months ago

    PS: I quit due to heart attack and hospitalization. They didn’t allow.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi nedra and thanks for your post(s). We hear you and understand just how difficult it is to remain smoke-free once one has quit. Whatever the reason, it’s good that you did quit (22 years ago) and have basically stuck to it through the years. Adding asthma to COPD makes it even more challenging. Hang in there! Leon (site moderator)

  • Barbara Moore moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi Fred and Candles,
    It is by far the hardest addiction to give up, but you can do it, because I did it. You just have to find something to replace it. Try an elastic band on your wrist and snap it when ever you feel like smoking, and keep snapping until the craving goes away.
    You can still exercise without standing. Do your exercise while sitting with cans of soup or veggies. No cost, just get those arms and legs pumping.
    We are here for you at COPD.Net
    Barbara Moore (Site Moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    4 months ago

    Hi Fred and candles. You are definitely NOT alone. We have an entire community that understands what you’re going through and knows how you feel. We are all (team members and community members) pretty vocal so feel free to interact! Wishing you each the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Fred B
    4 months ago

    Hi candles. I have copd stage 3 and am also having a very tough time quiting smoking both tobacco and other leafy material. I also have depression. I just tonight refound this site because it was so helpfull in the past. I guess just knowing I am not alone with my issues is very help.

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