I'm 33. I've had this bad cough, it gets worse then gets lighter but never actually goes away. It gets bad with cold and I get coughing attacks if I eat something really cold like icecream. I've had this about 3 years. I get mucous when I wake up in the morning. I also get breathless very easily but I thought it was because I'm overweight. I started smoking at the age of 16 and quit when I was 24 so almost 10 years I've been smoke free. I've been told that I've been lucky to find out at my age and it should advance slower than finding out in my 50's so I'm sorry to sound so morbid but I don't particularly want to die before I'm 70.... Am I being too optimistic? And I've started my weightloss routine and am determined to get fitter by the way.