Hello, My name is Sabrina. I am 58 and was diagnosed with emphysema 10 years ago. The diagnosis was an accident as they saw lung scarring from pneumonia, did a lung biopsy and said I did not have lung cancer but they found a small spot of emphysema. I quit smoking and try to stay positive and active. I have not received any medical treatment for this yet and up until now did not have any symptoms. I now have a cough in the morning and it is hard to lay flat as it feels as if someone is sitting on my chest. How do you know when you need to start medical treatment? I have avoided this up to now as I live in the US and my insurance will lose their minds and possibly drop me or hike up my rates. Also, I don't want to be on drugs until I have to be. Is it ok to continue this way? I get my flu and pneumonia shots every year. This disease is never far from my mind. How do you forget it when every breath you take you can be reminded of the pending. I am grateful I found this site as the US sites are all doom and gloom. I want to be hopeful and see as many years as I can. I hope I can learn from everyone here on this site how to live my life to the fullest and not let this disease determine my happiness. Any info or advise will be so appreciated. Thank you, Sabrina
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