Thought I was coping with this recent diagnosis of emphysema but today my heart was in my boots. I had an xray a while ago and while there were signs that I had been a smoker, it was felt that I didn't require any treatment nor any follow up tests. Then a rather careless locum blurted out that I had COPD and that I would be offered oxygen therapy when it progresses. I have been up and down emotionally since then. I don't have a partner to lean on - I work almost full time and look after my 90 yr old Dad, I don't have siblings to share the load - life is joyless! I am scared and alone and don't feel brave enough to cope with what is in front of me. I made the mistake of googling life expectancy - big mistake! Sorry to off load but don't quite know where else I can express my fears - I know you all will understand.