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Is there anyone here that still smokes after being diagnosed. I am looking for some support to quit. I have attempted it several times since my diagnoses and have failed terribly. The patches, gum, vape pens and even cold turkey (which I wouldn't recommend)! The Doctor won't put me on Chantix because I suffer from Severe Major Depression and the side effects wouldn't be good for me!!! Two weeks ago I had an exacerbation and the E.R doctor ordered chest x-ray.s He came back after reading them… read more

posted December 19, 2015
A MyCOPDTeam Member

Hi Melissa, hope you have found a way to lay the cigs down by now!! I know it is hard to over come. For me they were my Best friend, when sad, reach for the cigs, when happy, reach again and oh when something or someone made me mad,,,, that's when they were best but prior to reaching that point of knowing I Had to quit, I didn't need a reason. Then when it finally hit me , having trouble walking short distances, taking a shower, drying my hair, running the vacuum, ect. I began "thinking" about it. So every two days I passed a smoke shop and would stop and get two pkg on my way to make the daily deposits at the bank for my business. I then reached a point I'd skip a day or two, then something would happen at work, "stress" couldn't wait to go to the bank. Oh those first two or three were sooo good but then a few later I'd start coughing and feeling yucky. Well I did that for about two months when it dawned on me that that little pencil size object had more control over my life the "I" did and it made me so angry with myself. Would love to say it was over right them but it took about two more weeks before I could drive by that smoke shop and Smile and very loudly say , You don't own me anymore " and drive on!! It really felt good to WIN!!
Of course I've been in and out of the hospital a few times but even with stage 4 I can go without oxygen unless I'm exerting myself. My lung volume was 17% and has increased to 26 to 30% which I had been told couldn't happen. Lol. My point in this rambling is to encourage you to be a WINNER!!!
You are too young to allow them to be your Master.
May the sun shine and the birds sing and you enjoy easy breathing!!

posted February 4, 2016
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I tried quitting smoking many times, years before I was diagnosed. I was diagnosed when I was 60. At 61 I could barely breathe and coughed and hacked when I smoked. I simply couldn't smoke anymore, so I quit....... my health deteriorated but
through different medications, I am now breathing much better, still have COPD, but I can walk faster (can not run or jog) just walk faster because I can breath better. And I have no desire to smoke, I prefer to breath. 10 years later, I'm feeling much healthier than I did when I was 60.

posted October 21
A MyCOPDTeam Member

After my exacerbationin2014 I was told I had stage 4 COPD Thats all it took for me as soon as I was discharged I went home through out all smoking related items and quit Cold turkey Was easier than I c ever imagined Its a life or death choice. Since then I dropped my midnight nebulizer treatment and can go 12hrs without doing one my 02 levels went from88% I o 95% on room air and able to run around all day, work and all without oxygen. What ever you do no matter what you have to stop killing yourself with cigarettes, if you want any quality of life in your future. Every cigarette shuts down lungs ability to function and send oxygen to all the cells in your body. You will feel much better quicker than you can imagine You have to break the nicotine cycle thats destroying your lungs and heart at an ever increasing rate
Throwout everything related Plus youll save a ton of money 1pack a day at $7.00 a pack is about $2,500 a year You can do this! Let me know if I can help DAH

posted July 16, 2017
A MyCOPDTeam Member

My goodness Doctors sure wrinkle my brow, while there is a chance you could react badly on chantix due to depression until you try you or the doctor do not know for sure? Smoking is much more harmful to you now !
You have to make the hard choice here I know it is possible to quit as I was long time smoker and I quit, if I could get my wife to quit I would we can but ask! Quit for you!

posted July 9, 2017
A MyCOPDTeam Member

As I mentioned in previous post I finally quit 2 years ago. But--I used to wish there were recovery houses for smokers like those for "other" drug addicts. Where one could go to detox, learn to live without tobacco, and get support and respite. What do you think?

posted June 27, 2017

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