Hi Everyone, I am hoping someone can help me. I have had asthma my entire life, former smoker. Early 50s. Three years ago I was okay, then pow. I just got out of the hospital for the 11th time last week. I was told I had the beginning of copd three years ago. Now I am being told end stage. I dont use oxegyn, I am not short of breath, I wake up feeling asthmatic, but always have. I live upstairs, walk, play with my 12 year old, can shop all or museum all day. its all good until its not. the only common element I can see in most of my attacks is stress. I walk into the hospital most times. How can this be end stage copd? I seem to become sicker once i am admitted, once the steroids start to be more accurate. What the steroids do to me is more terrifying than not breathing.