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If only I had known better

Started smoking when I started nursing in 1966! It seemed the normal think to do and all the nurses and senior staff smoked so be one of the crowd.

I did give up when I was expecting the children, but my husband smoked and it was so easy to fall back into the trap again. In 1999 I was diagnosed with COPD, not to bad at the time but as the years have gone on it has eaten me away, on O2 24/7 can hardly walk, use scooter and chair when I am out as I would never get anywhere otherwise. Hate what I have done to myself and would do anything just to stop one person going the way I have gone.

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  • w5cio0
    4 years ago

    Hi my name is Terry and I just celebrated my 63rd birthday.
    I was diagnosed with COPD about five years ago.
    If you are a smoker, stop Now!
    I’m still fighting.
    I want to see many more birthdays.

  • Jenn Patel
    4 years ago

    Hi Terry!

    Happy Birthday!!! We hope you had a wonderful day!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Please do feel free to come here any time you want to check in about how you’re doing, or if you have questions, or just to get some support!

    We’re so glad you found us, and we’ll be thinking of you!


    Jenn (Community Manager,

  • Jenn Patel
    4 years ago

    Hi Marian,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story here – it’s a great, and kind, thing to do in order to try to help others! We really appreciate it.

    We hear you, and we do hope that you won’t be too hard on yourself. It’s great that you’re following the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor by using oxygen and managing the condition as best you can.

    We are so glad you decided to become part of the community. Thank you for sharing your experience and insight with us. We’re thinking of you and sending you our best!

    Jenn (Community Manager,

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