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First I want to say that I am very happy to live in the Netherlands. Our insurance is wonderful. They pay for everything. Next Friday they are going to test me to see if I am bad enough for putting valves into my lungs. I have COPD 4 now and it is late stage. Two years ago I got lung cancer and the radiation damaged a lot of lung tissue.

I can only walk up five steps. Luckily I have a loving and retired husband who drives me everywhere, pushes my wheelchair etc. We can afford a cleaning woman, I have a stair elevator and a beautiful garden. My iPad is a part of my world. For the record: I have not smoked for over 14 years.

This is my story in short. Sorry for my english and for my iPad, it does not know what I am writing, I am used to dutch!

Happy and a healthful 2016.

-Marina Zwerver

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  • dondo747
    2 years ago

    I also quit smoking years ago (20) and was diagnosed with moderately severe COPD emphysema just last year. I use O2 just at night and use Anoro, which works well, but is expensive. My country (USA) still works on making big money from medical misery has not approved the bronchial valves as yet. Who knows why. Good luck and I hope this finds you feeling better.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Marina and welcome. It’s always good to hear the experiences of people around the world. I, too, would like to wish you luck at your upcoming appointment on Friday.
    And don’t be concerned about your English, you wrote quite well; it’s easy to understand everything.
    We look forward to your keeping us posted of your progress.
    Best regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Dana Lortie moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Marina!

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! We are very happy to have you here in our community!

    It sounds like you have a great support system, helpful tools, and positive attitude to help!

    Please feel free to come back to update us on how you’re doing, connect with others, or just browse around!

    Best of luck at your appointment next Friday!

    Keep smiling!
    Dana ( Team)

  • Marina author
    4 years ago

    Thanks, i Will keep you informed about the test and the rest.
    I am a smiling person.

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