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.