G'day all. I'm Gerald from a small country town in Central Tasmania Australia. I have COPD as a result of smoking for 50 years. I am a recently retired nurse. (Its amazing the number of nurses who do smoke) I finally quit smoking in January 2014 after 3 nasty COPD exacerbations. I completed a Pulmonary Rehab course joined a gym and exercise everyday for about 2 hours. I have been on every type of Reliever and Preventer ever made and was on Prednisolone for "too long" and slowly took myself off. I am now on Spiriva before bed and Symbicort 400/12 am and pm and feel a million dollars. I also have a Ventolin puffer I religiously take with me everywhere I go just in case. I haven't needed it for the last 6 months. My only issue is "I cant cook" so I am slowly teaching myself how to cook. It is time consuming. I have a cat who is 11 human years old and while people with COPD are advised to avoid hairy pets, how do you tell "a family member to go?" Its winter here at the moment and the Island is experiencing a FLU epidemic. So I am avoiding crowds. I have had my flu shot and am fronting up for my pneumonia shot on Monday. That's all for now, I look forward to speaking to many of you in the future. (As long as you don't mind an aussie on your site). P.S. I was born in London and migrated to Australia at the age of 4 so I don't have any recollections of life in the UK.