I've been beating myself up over this one lately, I reckon it qualifies me for a Distinguished Darwin Award.
I missed vital warnings signs in my life, never mind the usual coughs, breathlessness and sputum I did cross paths with the medical community a number of times.
Warning 1 Asthma as a child, mild after 8/9
Warning 2 PFTs and inhalers in 1995 Age 26
Warning 3 PFTs and Symbicort prescribed in 2002 Age 32
It took me another year to give up after 2002, only when I noticed that the Symbicort wasn't as effective. In fact it went from making me normal to making me feel worse.
I started smoking at 17 and only smoked socially but I had an active social life, a least out twice a week and sometimes up to four times a week.
When I was out I would go through 10 to 20 cigs. This continued for 17 years. For some reason my breathing was better when smoking, most likely due to bronchodilator chemicals in cigs.
I know others continue to smoke even with a diagnosis of COPD but maybe they were diagnosed late in life. I was 34.
This isn't a woe is me tale though I do feel like that. Just wondering if any one else relates. I'm sure most you regret smoking anyway so maybe this post is irrelevant.