Hi everyone. I’m new to this group, but have found reading some of your stories really useful.
I’m 41 and recently diagnosed with very severe emphysema. It’s come as a big shock, to an extent. I’ve never been a big smoker, mostly socially, but have had a long history of asthma and allergies affecting my breathing. After many many years going unchecked, I finally decided to do something about it and have ended up with this outcome.
I’m currently quite fit and play basketball once a week, cycle half an hour three times a week, and can walk for an hour or more without issue. Of course I can feel my laboured breathing, but can power through. My FEV1 is in the mid 40s, and I regularly blow 400 on my peak flow meter at home.
My main concern is that with a very severe emphysema diagnosis, my quality of life will start deteriorating soon. I don’t feel like I’m on the brink of going downhill, but have been really stressed and anxious since I found out.
Any insight and advice from the group is hugely appreciated.