Last updated: July 2020

I have Stage 2 COPD. I am a 65 year old woman who went through about 6 years of sailing through life not knowing what it meant to have COPD! To me, it was just like having a cold, not realizing there was more to it.

My first flare up

My first flare was in the summer of 2005. My sister-in-law and I had been shopping and while we were in one store, I started to feel closed in, having a really hard time breathing. I had to leave, to get some fresh air! Even then, I didn't know what was happening. I just thought it was an allergy attack. We moved and we found a doctor who knew his medicine. By then, I was having more symptoms. He told me I had COPD and prescribed medicines. I had tests done a few years later, they confirmed his diagnosis. I hadn't thought what it meant to have COPD until I started to do research on the subject. What an eye opener!

A change in medication

Just recently my meds have been changed because Medicare does not cover some of them. Yes, I have other medical issues. Just this past month, my diabetes has been causing trouble. I now take shots for it to lower my A1C. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a bad back due to 2 bad disks, nerve damage to my right leg with edema and a few other issues. Mainly my prescribed meds are for my COPD and my type 2 diabetes. Of all of these conditions COPD and diabetes are in control over the other issues. I deal with them daily and my other issues as needed. I do my chores and other things as I can.

This is my story thus far. Blessings to all.

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