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COPD and Smoking


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Quit Date: May 29, 2016

 

Posted May 28

 

As many of you know I was officially diagnosed with severe emphysema and COPD after I had respiratory failure in January of 2020. Most of you also know that for years I was struggling with breathing issues that I was told was asthma. In the two years leading up to my respiratory failure I went from 110 pounds on a 5'5" frame to just 79 when I was admitted into the ICU. My prognosis at that time was pretty grim, get better or go home on hospice. But either way I was also going home on oxygen. Since then I have put most of the weight back on and continue to feel myself get stronger each day. So then what's the point of this post you may be asking and its this....

I found a great group for people with COPD on Facebook which is ironic because I never used Facebook pre pandemic but the group is awesome. So many people that can relate and answer the many questions those of us newly diagnosed have. Much like our community does. 

Here's the sad part, I read post after post from members of that group still smoking. Some are on oxygen and still smoke!  I of course pass our site on to them and I hope they find their way here. Its just really sad to see. There's even a few who's Drs have refused certain procedures because they're smoking. Life saving procedures too I might add.

COPD is a progressive disease with no known cure. It can be slowed with proper medications and quitting smoking. Sadly we can have it for years and not even know it until we get an exacerbation. Mine was thought to be asthma. 

My day consists of trying to keep my 50' oxygen tubing out of the walkways and from getting caught in the doors. I'm embarrassed to go anywhere because people will be whispering things like "that's what happens when you smoke" etc. My poor dog and cat also have to dodge it while I'm walking down the hall to feed them. Its no way to live.

I'm not looking for any sympathy I just want to put a brutal face to this terrible addiction in the hopes it helps someone quit or keep their quit.....

 

Link to original post: https://www.quittrain.com/topic/15648-copd-and-smoking/

 

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@jillar Thanks for sharing your story with us.

So sorry for your struggles!! Also for all you do 

here and the support and kindness to all on

the train.🤗🤗

 

 

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Agreed with @Linda... I appreciate your sharing this, Jillar. Bumping these older posts and blogs helps me learn more about what the quitting journey is like, about the perils that lurk in the bushes along the way. How many sinus infections and bouts of bronchitis did I smoke through? So many. Your story is real. It's motivating. It also helps me, as a newcomer, get to know you a little better. I'm very grateful you are here.  

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@jillar I know that you would have quit if you had known you were in trouble.  It is a great thing that insurance will now cover chest cat scan as part of a yearly physically. I would not have quit without that test.  

 

Some how we have got to make sure the younger members of not just the board but society realize that their health is gong to suffer if they continue to smoke.  The sooner they quit it will be easier to do and may prevent issues with their health when they get older.  Most of us knew that smoking could lead to health issues but we continued to do it, not to listen.  Now many of us face things that we made possible. There is no one to blame, we put those things in our mouths and set them on fire, inhaled the fumes like liquid gold.  Are any of us richer by making that decision. No, we are facing the fact we let some money hungry corporations take not only our money but our health. We can not change it now but we can try to help the generations that come after us.  It is happening but too slowly. Now they have decided a new way to get rich off the younger generations, vaping.  It is just another way to promote addiction to fill the corporate pockets. Another way to destroy the health and lives of our young people. They want us to think that it is a safe way to smoke.  No, I have not done all the research, just coming from an old time nicotine addict who has finally seen the light. 

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On 3/14/2022 at 7:11 AM, Linda said:

@jillar Thanks for sharing your story with us.

So sorry for your struggles!! Also for all you do 

here and the support and kindness to all on

the train.🤗🤗

 

 

This...I can't say it any better.

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