I have turned a page in my COPD Journey

After an early morning ride to hospital by ambulance, and a week of assessment, I am home again with the need to have Oxygen at night, and sometimes during the day.
I thought I would dread the day, but to be honest I feel better than I have for quite some time. I was constantly fighting to move around previously and life wasn't very comfortable. At last I can move again. It has to be good.

I noticed a change in the hospital too. People have realised how difficult it is to quit smoking and treat those who had just begun their quit journey with much more respect and compassion.

It is almost 9 years since I quit in 2010, and I am so glad I put my fears of failure aside and gave it a go.

Come on all you people who are still thinking you can't quit. Shake off your most stubborn streak, use NRT if you would like to and go for it.

Drugs alone will not turn off your desire to smoke. They help, but the drive to quit is in our hearts. Give it a go.

Life is so good for me now that I am SMOKEFREE.

I recommend it to everyone.

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    Nana22 said:
    24 June 2019

    Oh my goodness Clarence i have only just seen your blog. Don't know how i missed it!

    I'm sorry you have to take this next step, but i'm very happy that you're feeling a lot better.
    Whatever it takes eh.

    Thank you so much for your inspiring blog, and a massive congrats on almost 9 years smokefree. Congrats really doesn't cover it though.
    You have always supported me through the ups and downs of quitting. And other stuff. For that i'm hugely grateful.
    I know your support, positivity, and encouragement is very much valued here in the blogs.

    Have a wonderful day Clarence.
    Love you xoxo

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    nanaturtle said:
    25 June 2019

    WOW CTC, today just keeps getting better!! This would be the sweetest news, in a Long time.
    Your blog radiates Positivity, almost wanna Jig-but I got a breathing issue, currently & a splat Nana t, is not a pretty sight🤪
    I'm truly so Happy for You 😘😘👍🌟

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    PokuruGirl said:
    25 June 2019

    That’s fantastic Clarence the Cat that the oxygen has given you relief, and well done on 9 years smokefree. Always great to see one of the “oldies”, and I use that word respectfully pop in for an update.

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    Maori Gurl 536 said:
    25 June 2019

    Hi Clarence , hope you're feeling a bit better today.
    Congratulations on 9yrs....WOW !!
    Always loved your positive support.
    Wishing you a great day xx

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    Kathry said:
    25 June 2019

    Hi Clarence - I hope you are continuing to feel better and I’m glad the oxygen has helped. I look out for your blogs as they remind me to stay positive and also that you have been there as a support right through my quit (and the later diagnosis). Sending cyber hugs 🤗

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    thebasile said:
    25 June 2019

    Dear Clarence
    The best of good wishes to you together with admiration (heaps of) for your 9 smokefree years - hope that it will be onward and upward for you on the health front XX

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    aufgehalten rauchen said:
    28 June 2019

    Its been awhile, but so good to see you still on here and again your positive attitude is help too many

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    #nomorechimney said:
    18 September 2019

    Hi Clarence the cat, thank you for sharing, I gave up smoking because I couldn't breathe, I got sick, I worried that if I didn't give up, I would end up out of breath, so scary, I know you doing ok cause you gave up smoking, glad your still here blogging to inspire others, thank you.