From the article: Living With COPD
For some, the most frightening aspect of COPD is death. But, many things along the way can be just as, or even more, troubling. Here is your chance to share, what you believe, to be the most frightening aspect of COPD. Sharing with others will help you nip that fear right in the bud where it belongs. Share Your Experience
Fear that I Might Have COPD
- I had chest pain and blood in my sputum in the morning when I woke up. Went for a check up with the doctor. Had a chest x-ray he said he had noticed a problem with my right lung took sputum for AFB but awaiting the results.
- —Guest marvin
COPD: A Terrifying Experience
- This is a terrifying experience. When first being diagnosed, I thought,well that is what you get for smoking; but then I thought why would my government allow this?They're in everyone's business about so much,why not stop tobacco? We all know why; it just brings too much revenue in. I do believe that the companies should have to pay for everyone's treatment after they get it. They have plenty of money, and they most certainly are the cause of most of it. The asbestos makers have been held accountable,why not tobacco? When I tell anyone I have it, I feel like they think I deserve it. It's a catch 22. Between the panic attacks and breathing lock-ups, life is really difficult!
- —Guest Pam123
Everyday is Scary
- My granny was diagnosed with Stage 4 COPD 6 months after having a chest x-ray that came back completely normal. The disease practically appeared over night. I'm 15 and she is in hospice..about 3 months in. Every day is scary thinking about the possibility of waking up and receiving news of the worst. I've always been close to her and watching her suffer makes my heart hurt. She won't even quit smoking.. She cries everyday because she's dying but she wont even take the steps to slow down the process. My mom is a smoker too and I fear she might have the same problem with time. I'll just keep praying I suppose and he will take things into his own hands. :)
- —Guest alyssa
Losing the life I never had
- At 32, I know I have cut my life expectancy drastically short. I will never be able to achieve many of the dreams I once had as a result of the poor decisions of my teens and early twenties. I accept it's my own fault for the endless suffering I will endure in years to come, however it's depressing that this has happened to me so young. I will pay dearly for my sins for, unfortunately many, years to come. I often question whether the benefit of trying to fight this disease will be worth all the suffering ahead of me.
- —Guest Andrew
The Process of Dying
- I don't know for sure that I have COPD yet, although one of the five doctors I've seen said I do. I'm not scared of dying, but the process with this scary disease. I have a granddaughter that will be born soon and I know that I will not get to enjoy a lot of time with her and see her grow up. I have two sons and a daughter-in-law and my mother who I love very much and I don't want them to have to see me suffer from this disease. God bless all you on here with COPD. May God give us some peace soon.
- —Guest Charles
- Im 48 and I've had COPD two years now. I lost my dad to it at 67 after helping nurse him. It was terrible. I know I will need that help in time and I don't want to be a burden to anyone. I don't want my girls/partner or grandchild to see me that way. It's like life repeating itself. My youngest daughter helped her grandad put his mask on at 4 now my granddaughter is 3 soon.
- —Guest mandy s
That I did it to myself
- 40 years old and diagnosed. I can't blame anyone but myself. I knew smoking was bad but did it anyway for 20 years. Now I'm paying the price. I worry about my future, but have so many other health concerns this one just adds to them. I'm sorry for all of you that are suffering so badly, I see my grandma who has it worse suffer and talk to her frequently now to learn about it and how to live better.
- —Guest Nicole 40
Fear of Dying
- I've had COPD for about 3 years and my biggest fear is leaving my children & grandchildren behind. I'm not ready to die. I pray every day for God to give me more time with my family. There are things I want to do while I still can. I watched my father die from the same thing for 13 years. I miss him everyday and he's been dead 30 years. The worst feeling you will ever experience is not being able to breath.
- —Guest lori
Afraid to Ask How Long I Have Left
- I'm 45 and have COPD. My doctor told me I have the lungs of an 82 year old man. I also have a stress fracture in my foot which is not healing. I'm getting frightened but am to afraid to ask my GP how long I've got left?
- —Guest elaine
- I watched my Dad die of COPD and now my husband has it. Yes I agree with you all it is so tough for the victims and the caregivers. My Dad lived till 81 and never complained, I watch my husband try so hard to have a normal life but as you well know the trips to the hospital are in the future with his stage 4 COPD. I can only imagine what it like not to breathe normal but watching my Dad and husband through the years battle this awful disease I found their determination to do something each day positive has helped them mentally and physically. My Dad lived 40 years with it and now he has become a role model for my husband. Exercise,find a hobby,reach out to others, find a support group. My Dad started cooking, made a model train track with cars, did cross stitch, just kept himself busy. God Bless you all.
- —Guest Deb
I'm Afraid For My Mom
- My mom has COPD. She is 62. It's depressing to see her like this. I've asked her for the last 30 years to not smoke but she would just get mad and usually start yelling or cussing at me. I'm 44 and don't want her to die. She is scared too. I love her very much.
- —Guest James
My Mother's Death
- My names Amanda and I'm only 16 years old. My mom has just recently been diagnosed with COPD. I don't think I go a day without thinking ill be at my moms funeral within a year. I'm so scared for my mom. I have all the faith in the world in my mom but she hasn't quit smoking. She's 45 years old and has been smoking since she was 15. My mom is my best friend, I love her more than anyone in this entire world. Nothing has ever gone right in my life. It's like when a bad thing happens, something worse happens. I know God has a plan for me and my family I just hope it involves my mom passing happy at an old age of natural causes. My grandmother died from lung cancer and my mom has just gotten her lung mass removed which was also cancer. I guess the only thing I can do is try to help her in every way possible and pray.
- —Guest Amanda C
Scared to Death My Mother is Dying
- My mom was diagnosed with COPD 2 years ago. Then she had trouble breathing but could still do things. Now she doesn't even barely leave her room. She can barely move around and that's with her oxygen all the time. She sleeps a lot now. Is she dying?? Someone help me understand please I'm so scared.
- —Guest whymymom
Dying Before My Mother
- I'm 46 live in Stevensville mt and was diagnosed the day after Memorial Day 2013. My 67 year old mom saw it all. She was very scared. My fear is dying before her. She already lost one child. I hope she doesn't lose me too.
- —Guest Tammy
- My poor husband had a serious flareup. His blood gasses were sky high, his oxygen low. The hospital has pulled him out of danger. I am very grateful to still have my soul mate. We left it a bit late to seek advice. Get help early if you feel unwell. God bless us all. Raine.x.
- —Guest raine
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