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A Story from a Hoosier Girl

I am a retired school bus driver. Never smoked. 64 yrs young, married 45 yrs. I started with the symptoms almost 4 yrs ago. I just was in the hospital in Florida for 6 days with a collapsed lung, pneumonia and bronchitis. Had a severe flare up. No more Florida.

My hubby bought a painters mask to filter out the traffic fumes. That is the only way we were able to drive back home to Indiana. It took 4 days to drive home because I couldn’t take long drives. He really saved the day.

I have 4 nodules in my lungs and and mediastinal lymphadenopathy. That showed up in the CT scan in Florida, so I’m thinking it was a blessing in disguise. I didn’t know about the nodules before! Hoping for the best! I just lost my 3rd uncle to this disease last week. It was so personal for us. I do the treadmill as much as I can. I’m on 4 inhalers daily no O2 yet.


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  • jragan
    3 years ago

    Have you been checked out for alpha-1 antytripsin disease. It is a hereditary disease. My clue was you were not a smoker. Go to google and it will give you many sites that you can educate yourself on Alpha-1.

  • Christina Mattoni-Brashear moderator
    3 years ago

    Hello, croCHETcHick! Thank you for being part of our community and sharing your story with us!

    Congratulations on 45 years of marriage – your hubby sounds like a great guy, and so supportive. I’m glad he was able to save the day and you could take your time getting home. It sounds like you have a terrific support system and a positive attitude!

    While I hope you don’t experience any further flare-ups, I thought you might find these articles informative and helpful just in case it should happen again:

    Take care, and please stop by and let us know how you’re doing!

    Breathe deep and easy,
    -Christina ( Team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    Good to hear from you croCHETcHick. Thanks for being so candid with us in our online community. You are not alone! Our community is comprised of all things COPD. You will find a wealth of scientific information, anecdotal experiences from our membership and lots of support. We look forward to hearing more from you; you are always welcome here. Regards, Leon (site moderator)

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