I wasn’t at all sure what COPD was
At that point I didn't understand. I thought it would go away if I stopped smoking and did my exercises. I couldn’t grasp it. I got medication there, including inhaled steroids. They made me feel better again.
But I only really found out everything about from a support group on the internet. Only then did I understand what I had.
has changed my personal life a lot. I'm now dependent on extra oxygen. And always will be, as they say. My disease has got me on a leash and that won’t change. My oxygen man comes once a week to bring me more oxygen. My portable oxygen device allows me to leave the house for four hours. Then I have to refill it. I have a bigger device in my apartment. I have rented a tank for my car this summer. So I can stay out and about a little longer.