I am 61, married, 4 offspring and 7 grandchildren. I have severe emphysema and am a CO2 retainer.
I have always suffered infections after colds and had been reporting breathlessness for 5 years. As I had Breast Cancer this led to 2 further oncology referrals which were clear but nothing else. After 2 infections in 2 months and 4 hospital stays I learn I have COPD, that I am Stage 4, that I am unable to continue with my job. I was shell shocked.
Now on ambulatory O2 and 15 hours oxygen therapy. I am nervous of this though because of the CO2 retention though. Pulmonary Rehab starts in Nov.
Looking forward to learning more.