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Newly Diagnosed

Newly Diagnosed and also scared.

  • By Howard

    I am from Cape Town, so as you can see, COPD has no boundaries.

    I was diagnosed by pure chance 2 months ago. I gave up smoking after 40 years, 18 months ago. I went to gym and thought that every was great, I was feeling great, until I got Bronchitis in November.

    Since then I have not recovered. I am 60 years old and have 61% lung function. I did eventually see a Pulmonologist who did various tests, gave me a inhaler to use when doing a lung function test, put me on other medication and cortisone for 14 days. All to no avail.

    I take Theophylline 300mg twice daily and Foxaire twice daily.

    The rest is up to me. I have been given no help and am quite often quite breathless. I am going to lose weight, I am slightly over weight, exercise everyday and make sure that my percentage doesnt drop.

    Yes, I am scared, but realise with the support of this group, and looking after myself with exercise, i will get through this part of my life.

  • By Alesandra Bevilacqua Keymaster

    Welcome Howard, and thank you for sharing.

    The initial diagnosis can definitely be scary, but you’re right – you will get through it! I commend you for being so transparent about your recent diagnosis. I’m also glad you found this community, as our site has a lot of insightful resources for newly diagnosed patients. I think this article may be helpful for you as you get acquainted with the condition: In addition, you’re welcome to share your story with our community (if you’d like!) here:

    Know that you aren’t alone in feeling a little scared. Some community members may even chime in to share their story, and offer you information and support! Please keep us updated on how you’re doing. We’re thinking of you.
    – Alesandra ( Team)