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I smoked about two packs a day. Went to the doctor, said I had COPD – I didn’t know what COPD was. This was about 5 years ago. 2 years ago I had cancer and beat it. Still having chemo, I was on cloud 9. Then last year COPD got bad – I quit smoking for about a month now. Tired all the time, still working at 75 in security. I live in Ohio, cold weather is rough for me.

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Richard,
    My heart goes out to you, for everything you have had to endure. Cancer. Chemo. COPD. You are a fighter, good for you. You beat cancer, that’s a big step, are you getting toward the end of your chemo or will you be taking it for some time yet? You still have living to do. Good for you, for your quit! It takes time to get those cigarette poisons out of your system, your lungs appreciate it. How admirable that you are still working. If you are wanting to do so. Hopefully your job isn’t too stressful. Being tired can be a side effect of COPD. Pace yourself if you can and do rest. Do discuss these things with your doctor, to make him/her aware and to see if he has recommendations for you.

    Winter weather is something we get in South Dakota too and it is tough. Do you have to spend much time outside? Is it mainly your breathing that is affected or do you have additional health issues? During the cold winters, be sure to wear layers and cover your mouth and head. If you are on oxygen, put the tubing under your coat to keep your oxygen in the tubing warm. How wonderful that there are car starters now.

    I hope that you have a breathe-easy night and a better tomorrow. Know that we are here for you.

    Janet (moderator)

  • Starry1956
    2 years ago

    Hello I’m glad to hear all you have accomplished, I feel for you in Ohio I was born and raised there on west side de not far from lake so I no how your winters can be I’m trying to quit smoking finding it hard there are smokers at my house but again god work and take care

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Richard! I am glad you found this community. Congratulations on being smoke free for one month! That is a great accomplishment of which you should be proud! Keep it up. If you beat cancer, you can beat smoking. I am sorry your COPD has been giving you trouble and making you tired. I know that must be challenging, especially since you are still working. Since Leon already shared some information to help you with your tiredness, I thought I would share some facts about how much quitting smoking helps your body — and how quickly those effects start occurring! So, keep up the good work! You can do this! And I sincerely hope you get some relief from the fatigue very soon! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the community! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi rduprey and welcome. You’ve come to the right place and we’re glad you did. First, I want to commend you on quitting smoking. With COPD, it is the single most important thing you can accomplish for yourself and the disease. Also, it’s wonderful to hear that you beat your cancer!
    We hear you about feeling tired and you are not alone. I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on COPD and being tired:
    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing. We’re so pleased to have you as part of our online community.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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