I suffered a really bad chest infection last September, and another in November, had a chest xray which came back 'clear'. Over the past few years I have had a few chest xrays to look into various things and always 'clear. following the episodes in Sept/Nov I was sent for a Cat scan and lung function test together with a myriad of blood tests. I now have been diagnosed with emphysema, lung function loss of 60+%. How can this happen so quickly, I have had no warnings and basically now diagnosed have been told nothing. I am taking spiriva and serentide, i was a smoker, but have stopped (fingers crossed) I am feeling lost and scared and my husband is looking for information that I cant tell him which is causing arguments. I cannot plan anything or look forward as noone can tell me how long I will be well enough to look after myself. Any information will be very well received.