My name is Pete, (aka Yuk) Hodgson. I'm new here. Still working in my workshop retailing parts for rally/race cars. Started approx. 6 years ago feeling short on breath, being a lifetime smoker I went on the stop-smoking thing with patches/inhaler, had an x-ray and doctor says never seen such a good pair of lungs and heart so started smoking again after 2 years off 'em. But was still short of breath so after another x-ray & a breathing test, doctor told me I had emphysema and told to stop smoking which I have for 3 .5 years. I'm struggling to understand the information given by my doctor as it seems vague and uninformative as to the risks or cures of emphysema. Has anyone got any tips on how to live with it or improve my health?