Since starting this page i have been diagnosed with COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death behind Heart Disease and Cancer. It started as Adult onset asthma but now is Emphysema. And more and more it is taking my ability to sing. My Range disappeared first and now it is a constant hoarseness when you don't want it to be. SO IF you smoke consider quitting unless you like the feeling of SUFFOCATION...Breathe thru a straw...especially if your winded and check out how difficult it is...I quit cold turkey 4 Sept 2009...but it was to late. The Damage was done. COPD IS NASTY. Let me share a letter that was written by a COPD patient.
Sick Lungs Don't Show
adapted from 1998 EFFORTS Brochure
by Edna Fiore
I may not look sick,
BUT…...I have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD)
What is COPD? It includes such illnesses as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and sometimes asthma. It is primarily characterized by extreme shortness of breath.
LIVING WITH COPD IS VERY RESTRICTIVE
It means having to avoid strong odors, smoke, flowers, perfumes, cleaning agents, paints, solvents, vehicle exhaust, shaving lotion, bath powders, incense.
I also have to avoid temperature extremes or wind, crowds, molds, and dusty places because they make me short of breath.
Living with COPD can mean having difficulty walking up stairs or inclines, not walking very far, being unable to rush or "being rushed" tiring easily--especially if things last too long, being unable to tolerate tight clothing and the inability to talk for any length of time.
Living with COPD can mean coughing in public which attracts attention and embarrasses me, having to use or wear devices or equipment, or take medication which invites public comment (oxygen, cold weather masks, inhalers), being concerned (often excessively) about contact with cold or flu germs, and having my friends make short, pleasant, smokeless visits
Living with COPD can mean crying easily, angering easily, becoming frustrated and impatient because I can't do the things I used to do. Feeling resentful when others tell me, "You don't look sick." It can cause me to be panicky and tense, and becoming dependent and demanding because it's frightening when I can't breathe.
COPD AFFECTS MY FAMILY ….
By having to adapt to my physical, emotional, social and environmental needs and limitations, often having to leave social functions earlier than they wish because of me or sometimes never getting there and by having to check out all of the details in advance, getting places early and all the while having to remain calm and reassuring at all times on my account
REMEMBER: I may not look sick but-- SICK LUNGS DON'T SHOW!!!!
However I do enjoy singing and will probably keep doing it as long as I can, even though what little ability will disappear. So if you listen to one of my songs or I join you ,,,please forgive the apparent shortness of breath as I can't hold notes or sing full lines like I used to.
Well this is Thursday May 24 2018. A week ago on Wednesday the 16th I was diagnosed with Monoclonal Gammopathy, a precursor to Multiple Myeloma. MM is a cancer that attacks the bone. No Cure just treatments. It's second only to Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Doctor acting quickly.... Had several labs done already and a body x-ray where a couple lesions were found. MRI Tomorrow to see if they are a threat or not.
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