42 and strong willed

I was diagnosed three months ago with COPD emphysema. I have other chronic conditions as well but this one I consider my most difficult.

About me

I'm 42 and the Dr's monitors me very closely. My PCP and pulmonary dr have helped me a lot. First, I started on oxygen 24 hours a day...the thing I'm discovering about oxygen therapy is it's like my life vest or security blanket (I don't know if I'm the only one that feels that way) but it helps. He also put me on two inhalers and two medicines and nebulizer treatments to do 2-4 times a day.

I push through

I never thought this would be my future but as with anything in my life I keep on going forward and remain positive. I get down and anxious at times but for me, this is tied up to my emotions as well. I have trouble doing things that I used to do easier and some things I can't do anymore. Showering is hard I gasp a lot and get almost choked with the steam. But I push through. I get dizzy and sometimes even pee because I can't catch my breath. But I push through. I get headaches and inhaler thrush but I push through. I know this is not a pretty disease but I don't and will not let my anxiety lead me done a pessimistic path.

Staying positive

I live each moment as now and deal with what has been dealt to me. I'm not going to lie this disease is very hard and unstable and I have my moments that I feel awful and cry but I never ever let this define who I am. I just deal with it the best way I know-how. Thank you for reading my story. I am hoping someone can relate. I'm hoping I may friend someone who understands. Have a great day to everyone.

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