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Marilyn’s Story

I am 64, widow, mother of 5 and grandmother of 12. Former smoker for 30 years nearly 2 packs a day. Smoke free for 16 years this coming April. I was diagnosed 12 years ago with COPD and it has progressed through the years. I am still independent of supplemental oxygen although some days I know I could use it. I am retired so I can take daily tasks as slow as I need to. I try to walk around the store at least 3 times a week and at my own pace. That is my exercise for the week. I do get winded at times so I take each day as I can.

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  • Grace Becker
    3 years ago

    I do get cramps in my chest if I turn sideways, cough, bend, but I found an answer to helping. I keep tonic water on hand and use some when ever I cramp. I have told other people who have this same problem and it works for them too.

  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Grace Becker – Thanks for sharing your tip with us! We appreciate it here at, and I know other community members appreciate it as well. I hope you are having a lovely day. Best, Meaghan ( Team)

  • Christina Mattoni-Brashear moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Marilyn,

    Thank you so much for being part of our community and sharing your story! Congratulations on your 16 years of non-smoking—that’s quite a feat after smoking for 30 years; I’m sure your kids and grandkids are proud of you! Good to hear that you are getting some exercise and walking, and taking the time you need to do your daily tasks. I thought you might find this article on exercising with COPD interesting – it has some tips and some ideas you may want to consider adding to your walking regimen:

    Please feel free to stop by anytime for support or to connect! We looking forward to hearing how you’re doing.

    Take care,
    -Christina ( Team)

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