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Good evening

Been away for the weekend visiting my son, when I got back I couldn't get in here kept getting a message to say the site was experiencing difficulties :-( eventually acheived getting signed in earlier on this evening........been very down and more than a little weepy my son gave me a book when I went to see him all about copd and I made the mistake of reading it I say a mistake as it has made me very scared depressed and feel sick , he thought he was helping me out but am guessing that he didnt read the contents of it :-( .....sorry to be so depressing but I know that you all understand and have been there so I am looking for some positive feed back and maybe even a joke or two

Cales xx

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Reading about COPD may be scary, but once you know all about it then there's no reason to be so scared. It's manageable, but not curable. It's possible to live with COPD for many years, perhaps outliving many who don't have it.

Jokes? You picked the right day, see the BBC site:

Hi there, don't worry too much everyone is different and books don't always tell how it really is. :) Look at everyones blogs here life is for living even with COPD I am going back to work soon oxygen and all, smile and the world smiles with you :) Val

I can do positive feedback cales :) ...... in bucketloads !

Ok, so you've read the book and are now wearing the t-shirt, but ....... and it's a big BUT, we're still here (albeit huffing and puffing) and if we follow the recommendations of our health professionals, eat sensibly, exercise regularly and often then we should live to a ripe old age. At 64 with 13 years 'service' behind me I intend to live until I'm at least 90 and god help anyone who tries to stop me from doing so :)

Oh, and when you're feeling low............. just shout and we'll come a-runnin' :)

What an uplifting response!

Thats a brilliant post elian xx

Fabulous thank you thank you thank you ,even in the short time I have been here I knew I would get the lift I needed from here and Gordon thank you for the link to those jokes a few of them did make me chuckle lol,..... I think part of me wants to know everything and then when I see things that scare me I wish I hadnt read it, its all still early days yet I suppose and have not been talked to or explained in full by any health professional as yet ,

Any way thank you once again you are all brilliant people and I am so glad I joined this community

Cales xx

We're glad you did too ! ;)

What do you call a fish with no eyes???????????????????


Statistically six out of seven Dwarves are not Happy!

Can't do with one-liners at this time of night, sorry... ;-)

A man decides to have a face-lift for his birthday. He spends £5,000 and feels really good about the results. On his way home, he stops at a shop and buys a paper.

Before leaving, he says to the girl behind the counter, "I hope you don't mind me asking, but how old do you think I am?"

"About 35," was the reply.

"I'm actually 47," the man says, feeling really happy.

After that, he goes into McDonalds for lunch and asks the server the same question.

The reply is, "Oh, you look about 29".

"I am actually 47."

Later, while standing at a bus stop, he asks an old woman the same question.

She replies, "I am 85 years old, and my eyesight is going. But when I was young, there was a sure way of telling a man's age. If I put my hand down your pants and play with your testicles for 10 minutes, I will be able to tell you your exact age."

As there was no one around, the man thinks, What the hell and lets her slip her hand down his pants.

Ten minutes later, the old lady says, "Okay, I know. You are 47."

Stunned, the man says, "That was brilliant. How did you do that?"

The old lady says with a smile, "I was stood behind you in McDonalds."

I will never think of mcDonalds the same way again lol :)

Hi Cales, sorry to hear that the book on COPD got you down and anxious. I remember when I was writing various projects and my final year dissertation for my psychology degree, each of which became a more complex version of the previous and all based on the psychological impact of the condition on quality of life, I had serious misgivings on my choice of subject matter as I was getting extremely depressed with it all; I could recognise aspects that related directly to me and how I was coping or not coping with the condition. I persevered though and ultimately had a much better understanding of these complex and (unfortunately) often overlooked aspects of COPD. In the long run, a better understanding of COPD allows for an improved management of it, and thus a better quality of life, albeit at a slower pace. Take care, Richard.

Hi Cale, sorry to hear reading the book upset you so, everyone is different and although copd is not curable it is managable as people here will testify. I too remember wanting to know everything - and reading things that scared and depressed me and then wishing I hadn't read them in the first place ! But with time a better understanding of copd allows for a better way of managing it and improved quality of life. My reaction when I first started to read about my condition and felt depressed- was to blow my savings and take myself and daughter on a trip to china to see the pandas! was not maybe the most sensible of moves and rather extremem but it seemed perfectly logical and possitive to me at the time. Of course now I am really broke and not recomending this course of action to everyone but to me and at the time it made something negative into a possitive. Take carex

Lol at Gordons Joke..!!!

Think everybody who is told they have Copd and reads up on it feels the same way really,i know i did..Thing is,you can still have a decent life,as long as you look after yourself as who knows what is round the corner. First couple of weeks i was fed up but now its quite funny as some people i know who haven"t got Copd are more unhealthy than me. I cant trek for miles or even do the gym without getting puffed out but I feel keeping as healthy and positive as I can has kept my negative thoughts to the back of my mind.

Auntymary xx

Hi Cales.You do not have to feel depressed,join your local Breathe Easy group were you will finfd genuine friendships.details from the BLF

Thank you all so very much for the jokes and positive replies :-) been to see my nurse today and she was brilliant she's referring me PR so thats good and whats even better is that its held close to where I live so not too far to travel ,am sure I will get through this in time

thank you all again Cales xx

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