Hi W, I take it from your name that you were diagnosed with Bronch in winter 2013. But you probably had the symptoms for quite some time, as it doesn't develop overnight. I've had Bronch for more then 40 years, diagnosed when I was 22. It is a difficult condition, no way round that but with good management, it can be kept under some sort of control. When I was younger, though I was often sick, it didn't stop me from doing anything I wanted to and once the infection was gone, I was jumping back into everything, full tilt and full of beans. But over the years it became more chronic, the infections were harder to shift and I would always end up in hospital for IV antibiotics once or twice a year. But it was still manageable with more good periods then exacerbations. But in 2011-2012, things changed for the worse and it's been pretty difficult ever since. Infections lingering on and on and and into one another and worst of all, regular shortness of breath. So at this stage I would have to agree with you that I find it difficult to cope with physically and mentally and anxiety is something I have to deal with on a regular basis.
But this is because my Bronch is now so severe and so extensive and I've had it for so long. For someone like yourself, diagnosed a few years ago, the outlook is way, way better. Bronchiectasis does scar and damage your lungs but it takes a long time to get to that stage. If you have a good GP and access to a respiratory nurse and treat your infections promptly, then there's every reason for you to be optimistic about the future. Managed well, Bronchiectasis is a condition that can be controlled. Anyone in their 60s, with a long-term lung illness is going to be tired, so just accept that and get plenty of rest. But please try not to worry unduly, as this will just make you tense and more prone to becoming unwell.
Any questions you have about the condition, do feel free to ask here. You can also speak to one of the experts on the BLF Helpline and they'll give you lots of good advice too.