I am 47 and have to say, I was terrified when I started to suffer from shortness of breath that I had lung cancer. Thankfully, that appears not to be the case and am just waiting for my spirometry to find out what stage my COPD is at.
I am now on day 6 of giving up smoking and I will not ever smoke again but do feel a bit like closing the stable door......................
I am trying to stay positive but in truth, I am devastated at my diagnosis. I am running up and down the stairs trying to improve my lung function and can do 5 rounds before I need to take a walking break to do the next round and am doing 20 up and down at least twice a day to try and help myself. I have to say, I am terrified I am going to be told I have grade 3, or even 4.
I have searched all over the place to try and work out what stage I am likely to be at. I can walk at a normal pace on flat and not suffer anything, trotting up the stairs, I am not breathless but breathe ever so slightly harder.
I see myself as lucky to have found this site, it really is the first that I have found really useful.
I am taking responsibility for my own health and I am committed to do whatever it takes to stay as well as I can for as long as I can but I have no idea what my lifespan could be if I continue to do everything I need to do.
I cant have my spirometry until week after next because I had anti biotics just after christmas but am thinking of investing in a treadmill to get as much exercise as I can
Thank you for reading