Hi, this is my 1st post. Basically, I've had asthma from birth, had my tonsils out at 18, have had 2 to 3 chest infections per year for at least a dozen years or so, but was only diagnosed with copd (moderate), about 18 months ago. I am 56. Whilst many on the site seem horrified to get the diagnosis, I was glad to finally have a diagnosis so at least I know what I'm dealing with. After all, I've obviously had the condition for some time, and not knowing was causing me much more worry. Partly because my partner (and father of my two now teenage daughters) died a horrible painful death 11 years ago, with only 7 months from diagnosis, from small cell lung cancer. I was pleased to only have copd. Of course it's not much fun, but could have been much worse! I currently have a nasty chest infection which has been on going for nearly 3 weeks. I've had the usual steroids and antibiotics, but still have the breathlessness, and a terrible cough that doesn't seem to want to get better. Very debilitating, any suggestions?