Hi I am new to these sites, having only discovered them over the weekend. I have COPD. On the whole I have found reading them very helpful and interesting. However yesterday I ws reading about DLA - a subject I am very interested in. I receive DLA and have done for the past 4 years; which is prior to my COPD diagnosis which occured last October. Very concerned about changes to system and I will be one of the first to encounter it because my renewal is July13. I was shocked and a little upset yesterday reading the DLA blog that people view COPD as terminal. I have to be honest I had not considered it in that way. I am aware the condition is progressive but had put in my mind that it was a slow progression and to grit my teeth, take my meds and keep going. I have been searching for an answer to my breathing issues for a number of years and seen many different specialists who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. As a result, getting the diagnosis was actually a relief - that I at last had a name to the issues I was having and not going mad!!! Particularly getting info from BLF has been helpful as SO much of what I have been telling doctors now makes sense. I just had not viewed myself as terminally ill.....
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