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Dale Tate

I am an 88 year old male – used to smoke two to three packs of cigarettes per day – took me ten or so years to quit and very hard. Finally went 1 day without, then two days without, then three days without, then four days without, then five days without, then six days without and never used them again some fifteen or so years back – worked for me.
I didn’t know I had COPD while I had a treadmill and could cough up mucus. Then was with my ill wife in a rest home with little activity and was diagnosed.

My wife became a spirit September 5th, 2015 and have spent a year in Minnesota with a daughter and am now near a son in Oro Valley, AZ. and would like to make friends in this location. I am deaf, unable to use telephone but have iPhone and can read text messages and e-mail.

[Editor’s Note: email address removed for author’s safety.]

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  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Dale –

    I just have to echo Jenn’s congratulations on quitting the way you did! That’s marvelous. I’m sorry about the loss of your wife. I’m glad you have your son and daughter that are keeping tabs on you. Moving to new area can be such a challenge.

    One of things I thought of for meeting people with COPD might be a Better Breather’s Club. It’s true they usually meet in person, which may not be ideal for your circumstances, but you may be able to connect with them online as well. You can ask your doctor or you could do a local search via Google.

    And of course, as Jenn pointed out, there are many online communities here that allow you to connect with people with similiar health issues, such as COPD.

    Thanks for reaching out to us.

    Lyn (moderator)

  • selmatate1 author
    3 years ago

    How do you search for friend in Oro Valley, AZ with COPD? When you are new to the area and don’t even know one.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi selmatate1 – it can be challenging to find a friend in a new area. Perhaps if you read the response from Lyn (above your post), you can use her suggestions to try to locate someone. Good luck!
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Jenn Patel
    3 years ago

    Hi Dale-

    Thank you SO much for sharing your story. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on quitting smoking! That is so inspiring to hear, and as you probably know, it’s one of THE best things you can do for your COPD. We are so happy for you.

    I’m hoping that your sharing of your story here will help you connect with others here, since you are looking to make new friends. While we had to delete your email address for your safety (as it’s against our Community Rules to post personal information like that, to protect your privacy and safety), we do encourage you to connect with others via this site through the following ways:

    1) Forums – here is a link to them:
    2) Comments under articles (you can find those at the bottom of any articles – some have comments while others do not, but you are welcome to post comments on any of them)
    3) our Facebook page:
    4) Our writers’ (Janet, Derek, and Mary’s) Facebook groups: and and

    I hope this is helpful! Please know you are more than welcome to come by here any time you’d like some support, information, or a listening ear!

    Jenn (Community Manager,

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