Improving COPD

Hi all you quitters 😀 I thought you may be interested in this small tale from a reformed smoker.  Some 2 years ago, just after quitting after 40 years, I was diagnosed as having COPD (mild to moderate emphysema) I was particularly happy about this...strange you might say?.??  Well it turned out to be the lesser of two evils in terms of diagnosis as at one point it seemed like I had pulmonary fibrosis (prognosis 2-5 years).  

I set about doing all I could to halt this disease.  I had already given up smoking so now I needed to excercise.  I bought an Up fitness tracker band and set about daily walking; only 10000 steps a day but regular as clockwork (well most of the time).  I have had 3 lung function tests since and each one has shown an improved result.  In fact the last one, if it had of been taken before the diagnosis, would have been considered normal.  Of course the emphysema is still there but it's stopped and my breathing has improved.  The body is a wonderful thing and does its best to repair after smoking.  Sometimes we need to give it a bit of a helping hand.  I feel very grateful I haven't suffered anything more serious up to this point.......I hope it stays that way.  Hugs to everyone, you can and will beat this life destroying addiction.

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  • Hi rozi, thank you so much for sharing your story. We have lots of new members and quite a few struggling. Stories like your just helps them see that it can be done, and even with COPD, you can still improve things if you quit smoking. 😀😀👍👍❤️❤️

  • Aup Rozi, its lovely to see you gal :)  and a great post :) thankyou very much for sharing with us :) I'm so happy for you :) :) 

    Sending them huggs straight back to ya with some cuddles toooo :) 

  • Wonderful post  Rozi... All the more power to ya..❤️🇨🇦

  • Hi Rozi                                                          I'm from the copd site.😊 Thats a most inspirational story, Rozi. How did you quit, cold turkey? There are many people on that site, that quit smoking, and their breathing is way worse.  Your story would give them some inspiration. Maybe you could put it on that site?  Well done Rozi. You should be most proud of yourself.                         Rubyxx 😊

  • Hi rubyred

    Thanks for your kind words.  I quit cold turkey and glad I did, it was the right way for me.  The chemicals in cigarettes make it seem like you can breath but it's only temporary.  It disguises what's really going on as we know!  I am just glad I found out in time to make a difference.  I have posted on the BLF site before and have real sympathy with some of the very ill people on there. They were very kind in supported me during the 6 weeks I waited for a specialist appointment for PF.  It turned out to be a mistake made by the hospital.

      I think they know on the BLF site that giving up would make a huge difference but, as we know on this site, it's easier said than done.  I wouldn't want to seem like I'm judging those that can't do it.  

  • Hi Rozi, lovely to hear from you.  I wondered how you were getting on.  Thanks so much  for updating us.    Take care  xxxxx

  • Hi Rozi, terrific to see that you're condition is improving and this will certainly inspire others, well done👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😊

  • Well done Rozi, Fabulaous news and thanks for sharing :)

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