I'm a 33 year old female and after having breathing difficulties was sent for a chest xray. My doctor diagnosed me just yesterday with emphysema. I don't know anything about this condition and my doctor has said it is rare in someone my age (although I am a smoker who has smoked for just 6 years currently on champix desperate to quit) My doctor is sending me for more tests to test my enzymes(?!) I was hoping for some reassurance that this is not a death sentence as I have a beautiful baby boy and the thought of having to leave him breaks my heart. I couldn't think straight yesterday to ask all the questions I need answers to. My mind is just racing.