I am 64 yrs old always been very active been diagnosed with COPD about 5yrs ago and been on maximum medication etc for last 4 yrs Not getting better but medication I think has controlled deterioration but really incapable of doing very much physically and get very stressed if I try and it makes it worst and also effects my bladder. Specialist at Leeds university Hospital suggested lung reduction surgery but only when breathing gets worse. In the meantime I have moved from Lancashire/ Yorkshire NHS area to North Wales and all my appointments with hospital specialists have been lost in the system so don't know where I am up to.
Up to 10 years ago no problem with breathing and fit enough for age above average but then COPD or whatever came on very quick. Looking back about 20 years ago started working in dusty building which has been now classed as built from medium to high risk asbestos during 1950s so in state of decay. I am convinced that this is partly the cause of the speed of deterioration and or cause of breathing problems. When we brought this to the attention of the landlord who had a duty to disclose the asbestos and monitor its deterioration by law. My wife and I where unlawfully evicted from our home and business premises losing our income and savings fighting the unlawful eviction through the courts which we were winning until we ran out of money for lawyers, now landlord making us bankrupt by claiming costs as we can't carry on. Unfortunately all government agencies which are meant to protect people from this do not seem to actually have any power to do anything.
It also seems that the medical profession do not want or can not make any diagnosis as to whether the asbestos and dust has had a direct bearing on my illness. If this could be done there is a slight chance I would be able to claim compensation that would help my wife in the future. I do not expect that it could help me as I believe my life expectancy is not great. Might get me to see my grand children in OZ and USA with a bit of luck.