Hello Deb5907. Firstly stop thinking you are going to die, because you are not, COPD is NOT a death sentence. I think your biggest problem at the moment is stress and anxiety which is making you panic, so I want you to sit down and relax your shoulders and arms, put your hands in your lap andancing of some PURSED LIP BREATHING, breath in slowly through your nose to the count of 3 then breath out slowly to the count of six (it is very important to breath out for longer than you breath in) keep your neck and shoulders relaxed and keep breathing like this for several minutes. If you feel anxious, frightened, panicy or breathless this will help you to relax and take control again.
Secondly talk to your doctor about Pulmonary Rehab, there you will learn exercises you can do to help with muscle strength and also you will learn all you need to know about the different medications and how to use them if you are prescribed any. It is very, very important to keep moving and carry on your life as normal, you haven't got an illness that is going to render you bedridden or housebound. You may find that you do things a bit slower and you feel a bit more breathless when walking up a hill or climbing the stairs, but that is quite normal as we get older anyway. Please don't be frightened about having to use oxygen because IF you do have to use it, it will probably be many years down the road, and stairsomething worry about if and when the time comes.
I am 76 and at end stage, I have had this for about 20 years but I wasn't diagnosed till 13 years ago, I just ignored the symptoms thinking it was just old age creeping on. You are very lucky that you have been diagnosed early and you have done the very, very best thing by giving up smoking.
I am sorry I have gone on so long, but I want you to realise that you can live your life just the way you always have, do the pursed lip breathing if you feel anxious or breathless (you can do it anywhere once you get the hang of it) and enjoy the years to have in front of you, there is no reason that you can't live a normal lifespan, as I said I am 76 and I have no intention of going anywhere soon.
You can always come on here to ask questions, seek advice and support or just to have a moan, there is always someone here for you.
I hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year. Take care and breath easy, love and hugs xxxx