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Stage four…

I smoked for 30 years… had l known how easy it was to quit l would have done so years ago. I have not had one in 9 years, was diagnosed with emphysema seven years ago.

Here lately things have not been the best. I went on oxygen four months ago. Still can go without sometimes, but I still look out that window every morning and say thank you. I keep thinking things will change but know they won’t. I guess we just have to accept what we can do and cannot. Have really enjoyed reading other stories. Some of the things I am going through are not all that pleasant…

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Comments

  • dcberger2
    2 years ago

    Hi Molly
    Terribly sorry things are rough for you, I was diagnosed almost twenty years ago..quit smoking after 30yrs cold turkey. I’m 70 now so theres been the scary events also and the breathing is getting rougher. I have a son who has been my life line to living and breathing I have copd, diabetes, battled strokes and sepsis which almost killed me, bladder cancer, total incompetence , and pulmonary embolisms , so I CREDIT MY SON WITH MY SURVIVAL
    Hang in there, stay strong, never quit

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi dcberger2 and thanks for chiming in! It sounds like you’re quite the expert now after so many years of living with COPD as well as you other ailments. We appreciate your support and that you’ve reached out to respond to Molly. It sounds like you’re very fortunate to have such a devoted and caring son, too. Keep up the good work.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi molly!

    Thank you for sharing your story and experiences with us. Your grateful and accepting attitude is wonderful to read about, and I sincerely admire your outlook on life. We hear you that life can be unpleasant at times, but please know, we are here for you, and grateful to have YOU in our community. I found two articles you may connect with, regarding accepting what you can and cannot do, and moving forward with life. You can find these here, https://copd.net/living/acceptance-photography-singing/ and here https://copd.net/living/previous-life-part-1/

    Please continue to share with us, and keep us posted on your journey. We are looking forward to hearing more!

    Wishing you relief soon,

    Casey (COPD.net Team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Molly and welcome. Congratulations on being smoke free for nine years. Like Casey, I am sorry to hear the difficulties you are experiencing but your positive attitude is commendable and I’m certain will help you through those tough times.
    If you haven’t as yet, I thought you might want to check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/COPDDotNet/ There you will find many of our community members in a very interactive environment where so much is shared. We are all about all things COPD and you are always welcome here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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