My name is Derek. I'm 61yrs old and within the last three months I've been diagnosed as having COPD. I was a smoker until 1993 and I've always had a bad cough but the alarm bells started ringing last winter when my cough became so severe that it was causing me to pass out. Thankfully I've got an excellent GP with a more than competent staff to assist him. I've joined a COPD fitness group and I'm finding the exercise very helpful. I'm looking forward to hearing from others as to how they cope with COPD and will be looking forward to reading your posts.