I am Johnsel's wife, not sure if I am allowed to comment but would like all your advice. How long does it take to come to terms with this horrible illness, John as he said previously was diagnosed with COPD just over a year ago and although was horrified he had this found it quite manageable, ie only walking up hills and stairs made him breathless, now it is even difficult for him to walk from one room to another. He also has an hiatus hernia (7 cm) which is also interfering with his breathing. Everything we have tried never seems to work. He is on a very high dose of predisone 40 mg which has changed him completely, mentally as well as physically. The main problem why I came on here is I have been reading the replies to John's post and what a lovely bunch you are, so cheerful under the circumstances. John is so low and depressed, even though the doctor put him on antidepressents.