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I Am Scared!!

I am recently widowed and was diagnosed with COPD in Dec 2014. I have been in denial but now on oxygen and getting harder to go places or do my work around the house. Living alone I am scared now. I too smoked for 50 years. I quit but when my husband passed I started smoking again. Now it’s hard to quit. I am really scared now and don’t want to give up my independence. Wish I would have listened to the doctors when they told me it was serious. I won’t give up. I will try to do all I can to improve my life. Thank you for letting me vent. Annie

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Comments

  • Moe1955
    3 years ago

    Wow, I am alone too but quit smoking 20 years ago but still have COPD. The best thing you can do is try to quit, like they say, never quit quitting 🙂 I exercise as much as possible. Dance to a song even though I get out of breath. I joined the Eagles and Moose to get out and meet people. Wishing you luck and happiness 🙂

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks for your comments, Moe. You should feel very proud to be ‘smoke-free’ for 20 years; that is a significant accomplishment!! We can all take a lesson from you!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Annie and thanks for venting here. We appreciate your candor. As you know, quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for yourself with COPD. Yes, it’s difficult and yes, it’s a challenge, but you should give it another try!
    Besides that, maintaining that positive attitude of yours will help you a great deal.
    I thought you might find these two articles to be helpful. First, this one on smoking: https://copd.net/living-with-copd/pulmonary-rehab/lifestyle/quitting-smoking/ And second, this one on staying positive: https://copd.net/caregiver/how-to-stay-positive-when-discouraged/
    Please know that you are always welcome here and should feel free to visit our website as often as you like.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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