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Bruzzi’s Story

After my heart surgery, COPD kicked in pretty violently. Guessing the muscles that helped breathing did not help any more. Yes I am on 02 but still six years later stay very active. Cold weather is the worst, but anything over 55 is fine. I put on my 02 and walked 3 miles yesterday.

Using Combivent to help. Stairs are by far the WORST. I think I am doing the best I can. This is after Cancer 9 years ago Valve job MITRAL plus 1 more scary surgery. Nice to join the group. YES we all need friends!

Love to all,

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  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Bruzzi,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! We are happy you joined our group are a part of our community. Sounds like you are doing really well and that staying active has really helped manage your COPD symptoms. Kudos to you for walking 3 miles! Quite an accomplishment, and perhaps something you do frequently, which is so great to hear. Community members definitely benefit from reading your experiences especially when related to the benefits of exercise. You mentioned struggling a bit in the cold weather. I thought you would find the following articles helpful –,, They discuss the effects of cold weather on COPD (which you may already know) and also provide some tips for managing symptoms exasperated by cold weather. Perhaps there’s a tip or technique in the articles that you will find helpful. Again, thank you for sharing your story. We love hearing from you. Wishing you all the best.


    Meaghan ( Team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    4 years ago

    Hello Bruzzi and welcome to our online community. You will find a wealth of information here; scientific articles, shared experiences from our community members and lots of support. You are certainly welcome here anytime! We look forward to hearing more from you as you feel the need. Best regards, Leon (site moderator)

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