How long will I live after being diagnosed with COPD?


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  • Janet Plank moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Sue99sstuff – Leon had a very good answer.

    One of the wisest things that I have heard was “COPD is not a death sentence”. That’s true. COPD is a non-reversible progressive disease. However, you can slow the progression of your disease by quitting smoking (if you smoke), with exercise, regular visits with your doctor and taking the prescribed medication, proper nutrition, and oxygen when needed.

    Thank you for joining us here, know that we are always here for you. Do let us know how you are doing.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi again Sue99sstuff and thanks for your serious inquiry. Since COPD affects all patients who have it differently, and even the progression of the disease can vary from patient to patient, it is virtually impossible to provide an answer to your question. However, it may help you to understand that our community has many, many members who are living productive lives for many, many years – even decades – living with the disease. You may want to discuss this further with your medical health team and support group.
    We appreciate your participation in our online community and look forward to your continued participation here.
    Warmly,
    Leon (site moderator)

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