"It’s time to stop counseling patients who have quit smoking that COPD is a progressive and terminal disease. Many patients are under the impression that they are steadily dying of emphysema; unless it’s obvious that they are, physicians should re-educate them in light of the new findings in this and recent papers, which create space for optimism in the prognosis of COPD. Such a positive counseling approach might improve the mood, attitude and quality of life of people living with COPD (and — dare I hope? — help them increase their activity levels)."
As I have pointed out before - copd does not always progress and even when it does, not everyone has the same rate or degree of progression. The above is taken from an easily read summary of just some of those findings and takes just a couple of minutes to read.
In addition to the plethora of articles on the subject, there is the living evidence staring us in the face - many people with copd for the past 20 or 30 years still active in their 80's ! Today I will be at my COPD support group. Most of our members are over 70, a couple are in their 80's. We will all be exercising for a whole hour together - under our own steam, our own ideas etc 'doing it for ourselves'. Perhaps that too has something to do with their high level of mobility and their longevity!
For the worried and the pessimistic among us, I hope this article may give you some comfort and more than a dash of optimism - the future is not a foregone conclusion;