I didn’t realise I was suffering from this condition for a long time. I had what one could describe as a bit of a bad time of it!!! For a long while I suffered with intermittent crippling stomach cramps and UTI. During this period, my mother sadly passed away. Not long after I was diagnosed with a fistula of the bowel and bladder and had to undergo surgery.
Upon returning to work I suffered two severe bouts of flu during which I struggled to catch my breath. I then lost my job through redundancy. My breathing problems didn’t ease up but I put it down to stress due to the bad occurrences that had occurred. Eventually I succumbed and went to the doctor. Went to the hospital and was diagnosed with severe COPD. That’s my story and my life – well, every day is a struggle. It’s a terrible affliction.