I just can't believe that I have been given this diagnosis. I nursed my brother up to the day he died of copd - he had had chest problems since he was a baby and died of COPD at the age of 43. I am now 61 and have always been healthy, I swim every day sometimes twice a day. I also work full time and look after my 89 yr old Dad. I have no one to turn to as I don't have a partner - I feel like just lying down and dying right now as I know the pathway this COPD will take. I will most likely have to give up work as I am a clinician with the NHS so I deal with chronically ill people every day who bring all their colds flues with them to appointments. I just don't know how I am going to live with this nor what I can do to carry on working.