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My Story: Rosemary Caudill

I told everyone it was only asthma that I had. Unfortunately, I became very sick and had to go to the hospital. My doctor said I had pneumonia, and he put me in the hospital. After a while, he said he needed to run some tests. He did several tests, and the next morning he sat by my bed and said, "You have moderate to severe emphysema." I asked, "How can you use moderate and severe in the same sentence? I want a second opinion."

72 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on June 19, 2018
My Story: Diane Urso

My Story: Diane Urso

I noticed I was very short of breath for a few years before being diagnosed with emphysema. I knew something was wrong with my lungs. I could hear wheezing every night as I got into bed and tried to go to sleep. Also, I knew I needed to quit smoking but my addiction was stronger than me, and I just really enjoyed smoking. In December of 2012, on the 10th to be exact, I was admitted by my doctor to the hospital. My first diagnosis…

228 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on October 10, 2017
My Story: Patty Kramer

My Story: Patty Kramer

My name is Patty and I have had COPD, emphysema, and asthma for years and experienced no real problems. But in 2013 I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that spread to my lungs, bones, and spine. My COPD symptoms grew worse with the cancer diagnosis. However, I could not have made it this far without a great team of doctors that have helped me and all the articles I have read on NewLifeOutlook had me asking questions and learning what the best options were…

199 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on September 20, 2017
My Story: Madison Meadows

My Story: Madison Meadows

My lungs progressively worsened over the years. In December of 2012, I was prescribed supplemental oxygen after an extended bout of bronchitis. My world changed at that point. Now I must carry oxygen around everywhere. Life changes in many ways with COPD or another diagnosis where you need to learn to be flexible. Maybe I can't walk five miles anymore, but I can still walk. Maybe I can't walk outside in the cold, but I can still walk around the grocery store. Just remember, we…

247 found this helpful by Brittany Reis on July 12, 2017
My Story: Cindy Reynolds

My Story: Cindy Reynolds

Don’t smoke! And know your limits. I'm still learning mine. I am a nice person who ruined her lungs by smoking – I don't want pity or sympathy. I've done this to myself. My doctor informed me that if I continued to smoke I would not live long. At that time I was 47. I quit smoking September 30, 2005 and have not smoked since.

1.3k found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 19, 2015
My Story: Carla Lott

My Story: Carla Lott

I grew up with both my parents smoking, My mother was diagnosed with COPD in 2007. Ask questions, read, learn, and don't be scared to open your mouth and ask the doctor like I was. I wish I had gotten informed years ago. I would like to make more people aware of this and help others to make better choices than my mother and I did, which was to not ask or read anything about it until it was too late. I may have COPD…

726 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 12, 2014
Tina Moyer, her husband and son

My Story: Tina Moyer

I started to become short of breath when I would be at work singing along with my MP3 player. After a few months of not smoking, I was very short of breath still and I was also feeling tired. I went back to the doctor and had a breathing test and a CT scan. I was told that I had COPD Emphysema and it was mild at first but now I’m in the moderate stage of COPD. I am proud that I have been smoke…

1.2k found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on April 29, 2014