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    My smoking habit lead to my COPD development

    I'm 78 years old now and was a heavy smoker for most of my life- well from the age of 18-65. When I was 65 I had a cancer scare and the decided that it was time to stop smoking. Funnily enough my cancer scare was not in my lungs, however my doctor said if he found cancer cells next time he saw me and i was still smoking that he couldnt help me. That was my moment when i knew i had to give up. Since quitting smoking, now 13 years on my breathing became worse, i became breathless very easily and walking around the shopping centre became too much of a strain for me. I went to see a specialist and was told i have developed COPD, unfortunately I stopped smoking too late. The specialist was fantastic and explained to me that I won’t die with my COPD/emphysema, more likely with a heart attack or pneumonia.

    The effect on my day to life has been great, with the shortness of breath. I now use a walking stick to support me and try keep active by walking around the shops and aqua arobics.
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