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Let me introduce myself. I am 67 years old and I live in Aberdeenshire. I was a heavy smoker until three years ago when I stopped. In order to help with this, I started to go to the gym and took up swimming as a kind of replacement therapy.
It was while I was swimming that I noticed I was struggling to breathe and I was also experiencing breathing difficulties while bending down to tie up my shoe laces and at rest on the bus.
After a spirometry test I was diagnosed with moderate to severe C.O.P.D. My reaction to the diagnosis was somewhat muted, tinged with concern for the future.
I resigned myself to the fact that this was an inevitable outcome after years of smoking and the damage to my lungs had been self-inflicted.
At the same time, I was surprised by the level of concern and kindness extended to me by medical staff and the help offered. This is the main reason for writing this blog.
I realise that C.O.P.D is a condition that affects people differently and with different degrees of severity. However, although it has a scary title ‘chronic’ it is important to remember it is a ‘condition’ not an illness and it does not define you. These are some of the things that I have found useful along the way.