Hi! I was diagnosed with COPD 10 years ago, a widow for 9 years. I have done quite well until the last 2 years when my life became very stressful due to personal family issues. I dropped to Stage 4 rapidly, and it has affected me in so many negative ways. It's so true that if you don't have it, you can't really relate. No one wants to be around someone who can't "keep up" or be in a fun, happy mood all the time. I have always tried to be positive, and never ask for favors, but it didn't make a difference apparently. Now, I just try to get through each day and sometimes I'm glad I don't have anyone else to take care of. More than anything, I pray for a cure someday so no one else has to live with this disease. Thanks for your time.