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Hi, I was just got diagnosed with COPD, emphysema. I'm 67 yrs. old. I used to smoke 26 yrs ago for about 22 yrs. I'm blessed to have found this site, as it's always helpful to hear from people who share similar experiences. I was hospitalized 2 months ago with difficulty breathing. I went to a pulmonary specialist , who put me on the Spiriva handi-haler. I also use Xoponex inhaler 4x daily, as needed. I find that I'm very fatigued. I used to exercise & was very active. I hope to get back to that soon. I've begun to walk on my treadmill 3 x wkly & do stretch exercises & weights on the opposite days. I've heard that this is important. Thanks for listening.

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  • Hi Joy, welcome and I hope you enjoy us in here. I read what you've accomplished and I am so happy for you. I am still trying to kick the smoke thing. I'll do great for a,few days then break down and smoke a couple. It makes me crazy when I do that. I agree with the exercising. It is very important to exercise. I was always so active, as a working Mom, a secretary, waitress 4 nights a week and then became a Louisiana State Policewoman. After my husband passed away I worked until I turned 60. I had 20 hrs service so I retired. Bad decision. I was no longer active. My health dropped down and depression was destroying me. My key here is to exercise. In the last 3 mths I've started exercising again and trying to get back to living again. I hope you will stay with the way you're doing now. Let me know how you are doing . Talk to you later.

  • Hi Sandy, thanks for sharing your story. You know, if we're honest with ourselves, we see that we've all made some not so good decisions. Our best response is to let it go & like you said...get back to living again. God loves us all, not based on what we've done or not done. We don't know what's ahead for us, but He does. I trust that He will be with us & supply all our needs. He's promised that.

    I just went through a year of very difficult changes. I had been caregiver for my parents, who lived with us for 17 yrs. My mom passed away 3 yrs ago & I took care of my dad who just passed away in August at the age of 95. My husband had Parkinson's & dementia. He passed away in March, so suddenly. Then I was just diagnosed in November. I was trying to learn as much as I can when I came upon this site. I'm so grateful for this resource. To be able to receive & give encouragement is so important & I'm blessed to be a part of it. God bless.

  • I hate hearing the last few years have been rough. I'll be praying for you because I firmly believe that only God can take us through all the hard part of our life. He promised if He takes us to it He will take us through it. He promised He won't give us more than we can stand. Although there has been times I've wondered, "just how much Good Lord?" ;o) This site has been a great place to chat with people who truly know what we're going through. Also the info that we can all share. It's great chatting with you and hope to chat again.

  • hello Joy i am happy to hear that you are exercising , that is so important when it comes to our health, i hope you improve and keep going,,,, God Bless

  • Thanks for your encouragement, Bruce. I'm glad I joined this site. It's good to be able to share with others.

  • You are so very welcome--stay well and keep in touch joyful4u

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