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Posted by Debbie on March 21, 2000 at 22:49:25:

In Reply to: mom with copd posted by worried on March 05, 2000 at 20:58:47:

:Unfortunately, we adults don't always make the right decisions; I also have COPD and emphysema from years of smoking, but have now been smoke free for over three years. The good news is that if your mom does quit, she will probably get better; and no, although smoking can contribute to lung cancer, it does not mean that she will definitely get it. I hope you will continue to talk to her, and let her know how concerned you are for her...that is really all you can do. Good luck.

My mom was diagnosed with copd about a year ago. She has had cronic bronchitis {spelled wrong i think}since she was a teenager and was diagnosed with mild emphasema about a year ago, and is sick most of the winter. She still hasn't quit smoking or even cut back. If it's cold out she can't even walk 20' without having an asthma attack or using her puffer. I'm starting to get worried about her, i figure she's not going to last another 5-10 yrs at the rate she's going.
: Does anybody have any information on this? if she quit smoking does she stand a chance of getting any better?
: And does this lead to lung cancer or anything like that? i can't really talk to her about it because she brushes everything off like it's no big deal, i know she's worried, but doesn't seem to want to help herself


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