SELF INFLICTED COPD

HAVING SMOKED CIGARETTES FOR 40 YEAR I FEEL I HAVE BROUGHT THIS ILLNESS ON MYSELF AND HOLD MY HANDS UP TO THAT I EXPECTED CONSULTANTS AND PR PHYSIOS TO TAKE A GET ON WITH IT ATTITUDE THIS NEVER HAPPENED THEY HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE THAT IT HAS LEFT ME FEELING REALLY HUMBLE AS TO HOW NICE PEOPLE CAN BE I CANT THANK THEM ENOUGH I AM TREAT THE SAME AS PEOPLE WITH NON SMOKING LUNG PROBLEMS HOPE ANYONE IN THE SAME POSITION HAS HAD THE SAME ATTITUDE SHOWN TOWARDS THEM

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  • Hi acky

    So many of us in your position ... me included, if I hadn't smoked I wouldn't have COPD and I'm lucky too, marvellous GP and nurse all trying to do the best for me, sometimes despite my reluctance. I HAVE given the fags tho'. the best thing I ever did and will help them to help me.

    Welcome here

    Be strong and positive, if you don't smoke then the progress of COPD slows right down to a crawl

    And God Bless the NHS (has its flaws but a great deal better than @uc& all as in some countries)

    Izzy ... keep postings and keep in touch ...xx

  • Hiya Acky

    I was the same except that I smoked for 50 years, I also got no "we told you so" from the NHS professionals. They have all been very pleasant and supportive.

    Bobby xxx

  • Bobby I asked you a question earlier, think you must of missed it.

    Question was, you say you can spell my name but can you pronounce it?

    Best wishes

    Peta

  • Hi Bobby

    I thought you were only 36 (lol)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love and hugs

    Annec

    xxxxx

  • Same for me, nobody has mentioned it

    Take Care

    Peta

  • Hello Acky

    I was surprised that I wasn't castigated by the medical profession (I smoked from the age of 20) and I asked why this was.

    I was told that because I grew up in the 50s and 60s and was under the impression that it was 'cool' to smoke I was exempt from 'being told off' (lol). My generation was encouraged to smoke.

    However, I was also told that in twenty or so years anyone who had smoked all their life and was suffering from COPD would probably get short shrift from the medical profession because that generation of people were discouraged from smoking and knew exactly what the risks were.

    I'm sorry that you are suffering from the effects of your smoking but, like me, you probably thought that 'nothing will happen to me' (no one in my family had cancer). What happened to me was lung cancer (four years ago). Now, I am short of one lobe of my right lung and also short of some wedge sections in my left lung and have COPD.

    I haven't smoked for years and I really regret starting but, all my friends smoked - I was the only one who did not (we always, when we are youngsters, want to be the same as our friends).

    So please, do not blame yourself for what has happened to you - blame the bloody tobacco companies.

    I always reckon that 1948 was a fabulous year. The NHS came into being and I was born - two wonderful happenings.

    Do take care of yourself and don't beat yourself up about smoking.

    Love and hugs

    Annec

    xxxxx

  • That is a really good point and supports how I've been treated in the NHS. My lovely doctor recently told me he was absolutely thrilled that I have not smoked for over 18 months and that it was a massive achievement, that was lovely of him as he really meant it.

    I get really good treatment or my COPD.

    Lynne xx

  • So far, yes.xxxxGene

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