Hello, I'm 37 and have just been told I have emphysema. They've also noticed a shadow at the bottom of my left lung which is going to be investigated, although I've been told it's not like sinister. I smoked from the age of 16 - 24 years, then on and off for the next 3 years. I quit at 27, and have stopped exactly 10 years this week. I feel quite shocked really. When I asked my GP what this means, he said, well it's irreversible. I am very active and teach physical classes 6 days per week. If I hadn't had a nasty chest infection, and was not sent for a chest x-ray, I think this would have gone unnoticed. I felt fine until chest infection 4 weeks ago. The only thing that makes me think, is that I have felt out of breath reading bedtime stories to my children, struggling to finish my sentences sometimes, again I've thought this unusual because I talk to classes all day long whilst moving above music, and do not struggle. Apologies for the rant. I feel frightened of what this means for the future. I have 3 children including a 1 year old. I am self employed and main earner for our family. Feeling worried. Thank you for listening/reading.