I am a mess
Last updated: December 2016
I was diagnosed with emphysema in 2003 and until a week ago was able to cope with inhalers. I am 63 years old, divorced and alone. I believe I have entered stage 4 because suddenly I could not simply walk without exasperation. Doctor has me on 24 hr oxygen. I feel like I have fallen off a cliff and am clinging to a branch. When I read others stories of fatigue, depression, and helplessness... it is my story. The sudden and severe decline of my health is especially frightening. Simple tasks have become huge chores. I am a mess. Thank you for a place to vent some of my anguish... you are my branch.
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