Life changes but never let it win

I was told a few years ago that I had COPD. I couldn’t come to terms with this news and still carried on smoking cigarettes. I was not thinking about my family and how they’d be without me around.

It was on March 16 that I gave up smoking after 35+ years. I woke up early to get thing’s sorted for my Daughter’s 18th birthday party later on in the day. Coming downstairs I didn’t feel right and the wife said that’s it your having the doctor to come and see you. She rang up our surgery and was told to phone for an ambulance. To cut it short I ended up in hospital for a week on oxygen. That’s when I said to the family that I was quitting smoking. Since giving up my diet as got better and I can taste what I am eating.

I had to see my consultant just after coming out of hospital and the news wasn’t very good. He informed me that I had to have partial lung removal. I was shocked as that meant that I wouldn’t have full lung capacity in both sides as I had partial lung removal done 30 years ago because I kept having pneumothorax problems. I saw the surgeon general that will be doing the operation if it is OK with the anesthetist as I have problems with anesthetic. If I can’t have the operation there will be nothing they can do. But as I said to my wife that will not stop me doing the things that I love.

Too many of us think that having COPD is the end of the world. Well let me tell you, it isn’t. I am still doing karate 3 times a week and even though I am not as fast as I used to be I find it really helps. I swim every day without fail and I try and walk 2 miles a day. So as you see, you can still do the things you have done.

You control your illness don’t let it control you. Please don’t give up what life you have still got.

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  • Noel.Martin
    1 year ago

    Hey probbo, I agree with Lyn and Leon you have an absolutely amazing attitude toward your COPD diagnosis. I also want to congratulate you on quitting smoking; that is no easy task. Is there anything in particular that helped you with your cessation? I am so glad that you are able to stay active with everything you have gone through and I wish the same for others as well. I think it is important to remember that COPD affects everyone differently and while many would love to be active sometimes it is just not possible. I do applaud you and everyone for knowing what your limits are and not over extending yourself. Thank you so much for sharing your positivity with us and keep up the good work!
    Warmly,
    Noel (COPD.net Team)

  • probbo author
    1 year ago

    I thankyou for your kind words. It wasn’t easy to give up
    It took me about 6 attempts before I actually gave up.
    It was the birth. Of my youngest daughters son that gave me the reason to quit. I suddenly realised that I need to be around to see all my family. My family are my inspiration to carry on being positive….

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, probbo. You have a marvelous attitude and obviously care for your family very much. It could not have been easy to give up smoking after 35 years, so I applaud you and the effort that must have required.

    I hope all works out with the lobectomy – keep us posted.

    Regards,
    Lyn (moderator)

  • probbo author
    1 year ago

    Thanks for your kind words Lyn
    Yes my family are everything to me and that’s why u try and stay so positive at all times
    To achieve what we want is the only way forwards.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Glad to hear it probbo. Keep up the good work!
    Warmly,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • probbo author
    1 year ago

    Thanks Leon I certainly will.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi probbo and thanks for being a part of our community and being so candid about your COPD experiences. Your positive attitude and upbeat approach is very inspiring and I’m sure others will read what you have to say and benefit from it.
    Good luck moving forward and please do keep us posted on your progress.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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