Hi everyone. After being diagnosed with COPD 7 years ago, and having an annual spirometry test at my Group Practice, I had my first appointment with a Consultant yesterday . He was a lovely man and was somewhat surprised that I hadn't been referred before, but in all honesty I've never really had much in the way of symptoms until fairly recently, when I started with short and very random episodes of SOB. I, unfortunately, made the mistake of burying my head in the sand and continued to smoke. I now realise how important it is, but I don't think it's going to be easy. Infact I know it most certainly won't be, after 50 years of the dreaded habit! The consultant was very patient and explained everything in great detail, showing me the x ray of my over inflated lungs and my flattened (left side only) diaphragm! It would appear that the stable figure of 72 that my surgery were so happy with, year on year, isn't the important one! Having said that, the consultant was very upbeat and said that I'm one of the lucky ones and he's confident that he can get my number over the 50 mark? I was a little overwhelmed, and didn't take everything in, but he's referring me for pulmonary rehabilitation , which I find a little daunting (more due to the fibromyalgia and upper body arthritis than anything!). However, I'm a glass half full sort of person, and I won't let this beat me. Sorry for the rant, but I'd be grateful for any advice on pulmonary rehabilitation. Thank you for listening.