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I was diagnosed with COPD about 8, maybe 9 years ago. Unfortunately I had never heard of this disease, so without taking it seriously I failed to give up smoking until just over a year ago (I had cut down to 5 a day in the last 12 months).

I now have severe COPD! I’m very sad about the life I no longer have, but I do not dwell on it, I try to keep as active as possible by leaving my flat at least twice a day to stroll around the shops. Next week I’m attending my second pulmonary rehabilitation course, during the bleep test this week, it was decided that I may need oxygen to help me with exercise! This has knocked me for six, but I won’t lay down and give up!

I have read very many stories on here from fellow COPD’ers and have taken on some sound advise, so thank you.

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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    It’ my pleasure, Jackie. I think you will find many like minded people over on We are all about all things COPD.
    We will look forward to your continued participation on our website and Facebook page.
    Please check back with us to let us know how you’re doing. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    We’re so glad you found us, Jackie, and thanks for sharing your story with us. Your positive attitude is a big part of dealing with COPD. I thought you might find reading this article on that subject would be helpful:
    I thought that you also might want to check us out on our Facebook page. You can access it here: You will find we have many community members there who interact with one another throughout the day. You are always welcome here, Jackie. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Jackie Plum author
    3 years ago

    Thank you Leon, I will add to my Facebook now and will check out the other link you have given me. Many Thanks …Jackie

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