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I smoked for 40 something years when I quit smoking my BODY fell apart. I was told by my regular family doctor I had COPD we’ll treat it when the time comes…

I didn’t think nothing about it… so I kept on smoking… As all doctors say you’re in the shape you’re in because you smoked. When I was younger I worked at a plant BEFORE the EPA was formed working in a foundry with no mask at all, working around sulfuric acid with no mask.

But one afternoon while cutting grass I started noticing I could make one round, stop, had to catch my breath. So here I go back to the doctor, my job I had at the time laid me off because I couldn’t make production. So my regular doctor referred me to a lung doctor then here comes all the x-rays, CT scans, now I’m told I have a 7.3 mass on the outside of my right lung, they remove my lower right lobe. I’m on disability now I’m 60 years old. My day starts out using a breathing machine, I take my 4 pills, then later on I take my Symbicort. And yes I have good days and bad days depending on the weather.

I stay POSITIVE I’m married to a wonderful woman that GOD gave me to share my life with. We live in a Retirement Resort on the river and I try to enjoy every breath I take. When a doctor tells you, you have COPD and there’s no cure for this your whole world changes quickly. Material things don’t matter; GOD, FAMILY, COUNTRY in that order is my world now. I don’t care who is winning on the football field anymore. My time with my family means more to me.

In closing my friends, STAY POSITIVE… 🙂

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hello, Phil and welcome to the community! Thank you for sharing a part of your story with us. It sounds like you have a wonderful outlook on life and I think that is great! While living with a chronic condition like COPD isn’t easy, you show that it can be done with strength and optimism every day. It also sounds like you are very proactive about taking care of your health. It’s never too late to start taking care of yourself, as you have shown. Thank you for sharing your experience with COPD so honestly with the community. I hope you are blessed with many more years to enjoy your wife, family, home and life! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Phil and thanks so much for sharing your experiences with our online community. We hear you and appreciate your contribution. Congratulations of course, on stopping smoking. As you are well aware, it is the single most important thing you can do for COPD.

    Based on your comments, I’m quite sure you will appreciate this article from Derek Cummings, one of our contributors, on slowing the progression of the disease:

    It sounds too, like you have the right attitude towards how to deal with this AND are very fortunate to have such a supportive and loving wife. The positive attitude you refer to is highly commendable. Having said that, I thought you would also appreciate this article on the very same subject:

    Please know that you are always welcome here. We will look forward to your continued participation and input.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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