Though I haven't posted for a long time I have been checking in every now and again hoping to see everyone doing well! I had a second cancer (gene/ hereditary variety) to deal with and concentrated on what had to be done while coping and continuing to be as productive as I could. Its been 18 months and so far so good! The surgeon looking at CT Scan results said he classed my copd (emphysema) as severe and wanted a clearance from the lung specialist before surgery. Up to that point because I don't have obstruction and have a good FEV 1 (terrible gas exchange though) I had thought I was more moderate. Another side of copd I hadn't given much thought to before it makes every health problem a challenge more complicated and difficult. Like gee one problem at a time!! Now I notice exercise is harder though I do make a point of walking at least 10,000 steps per day (unless my fitbit tells fibs) . The first kilometer I could very easily quit but then the rhythm sets in and the gasping eases. Even small inclines require determination! Does anyone else feel depressed that the level of fitness really doesn't improve? By that I mean I can do the same track day after day and not feel it gets easier from repetition. I should probably just be grateful that I can still do it regardless of how hard it is. Happy new year to everyone. Lets hope this is the year some clever dedicated person finds a cure for our problem.