I was first diagnosed with COPD Lung Disease in 2008, after I had an operation that went wrong. I had an emergency second operation to mend my bowel, and when I came round, one of the nurses said: “You have COPD Lung Disease – I can hear it in your breathing.”A consultant came to confirm the diagnosis. I had no idea what they were talking about. I gave them the same blank stare as I get now when I say to people I have COPD Lung Disease.My symptoms were just that I was having difficulty breathing, they could hear me wheeze. So they put me on treatment until my condition was fully diagnosed.
When I went to see the consultant, he said: “You have COPD Lung Disease, you will always have COPD, and it will only get worse.” I will always remember it; I thought it was a death sentence.The operation had precipitated my condition; suddenly I had trouble breathing. Before I was diagnosed, I knew I had a problem, just not that one! Prior to my operation, I was an 80-a-day smoker. My wife had spent years trying to get me to give up.I was very frightened initially after I was diagnosed, and I looked up everything I could find about COPD Lung Disease. It was helpful, to a degree.