Re: How many years can a person with emphysema live.
I don't smoke, I always ate right, I do exercise, I am very active, and I have no functional symptoms. I was exposed to some bad pollutants, but the main thing that happened to me was that I got a very bad and very rare pneumonia that left me with a lot of scarring. The first x-ray that hinted at emphysema came in the middle of that disease process. I almost wonder if the battering I took caused the emphysema, but I have not seen anything about pneumonia causing emphysema. It seems strange that my CTscan reports say no disease progress in that there is no change, but still they get all excited about emphysema, which is, as I understand it, a process. I'd like to think that process halts, and tend to feel beaten down by everyone carrying on about it.
It is unfortunate that much of the information about emphysema relates to smoking - which virtually everybody in my era did or was exposed to second hand. It does not strike me as helpful to say, "Tysk, tysk" as if "It's all your fault." That sounds punitive to me, and is it necessary? Does anyone not know these days that cigarettes are bad? I bet some of the people who still smoke are at some level operating out of spite.