I just joined. Aged 70, whooping cough when I was 5 allegedly 'caused' bronchiectasis, (and chronic ear infections/hearing loss) . I had a lot of support for the next 10 years, then abandoned treatments (1960) in favour of misspending my youth. (With hindsight I might have done both.) I experienced all sorts of ups downs and exacerbations during the next 40 years, but generally life was enjoyable and interesting, including a family, rewarding education and career, great friends, and the advantages of life in the West, nice home, car, holidays, good books, films, and food, clean drinking water and constant hot water. Plenty ciggies! And Peace. After 60 I deteriorated. Breathing problems, crumbling bones, hospital admissions, pseudonomous(sic), phlegm, oxygen. Medicines much like that of others similarly placed, as recounted on this site.
I've never known another person with bronchiectasis, derived some comfort from this shared experience - my first encounter with you and telling you my story.