My Mum is only 63 years old and she has COPD, she was diagnosed a good few years back, she has her inhalors etc to take each day. My Mum now lives with me here in Turkey as the warmer climate is nice for her. However my Mum has been in hospital 3 times this year with excarberation attacks and just 2 weeks ago Pleursy. My mum has continued to smoke on and off throughout her original diagnosis. A year ago she had pneumonia in both lungs. Obviously my Mum is not covered by the state health service here so therefore we go private and it can be fairly expensive. The problem that I am having with my Mum is her desire to continue smoking and she is either in denial or just being not wanting to accept that she has COPD and that smoking is destroying her lungs even further. Mum was discharged from hospital one week ago with the promise to myself and her doctor that she would not smoke........ my sister and I caught her having a sly fag the other day and we had it out with Mum, but she just insists that she has COPD but its not caused by smoking. My Mum can still walk and yes she does get breathless but she has deteoriated since her original diagnosis. I just feel so hurt that she continues to smoke when she knows that this is damaging her condition further and also hurting my sister and me. any suggestions on what I can do to help? I am so afraid that we will lose her.
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