Never Give Up

Last updated: March 2023

I was diagnosed with COPD after entering the Air Force back in 1973. It was minor at that point.

As the years progressed (I kept smoking), so did the disease. I hit the end stage in 1996 and was driving a cross-country truck. I spent hours researching this disease and have become very informed.

I was forced to retire in 2007 medically, but I refused to give up. I lost both parents to COPD. I live by the mantra, "Heaven isn't ready for me, and Hell is afraid I'll take over, so I'm stuck here!"

Having about 15%lung capacity, I still walk about a mile a day, go to the gym three days a week and work at my own pace. Stay strong out there, and never give up!

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