Living with COPD
My name is Peter, I’m 81 years old and was diagnosed with COPD about ten years ago.
My symptoms started with shortness of breath and low energy levels. I was having trouble doing the things I enjoyed; like running around Lake Monger and taking part in the City to Surf. It was soon after this that I was diagnosed with COPD.
Although I gave up smoking 37 years ago, the damage was already done, but not felt until many years later. If you have symptoms like mine, please go see your GP.
I first came in contact with the Institute when I saw an advert in the paper regarding a clinical trial for COPD. I am now taking part in an observational research study which aims to better understand the underlying causes of COPD in order to help support future treatments. I would really encourage anyone with a lung condition to take part in a clinical trial. The staff are so lovely, they really look after you well.
My final message is – if you want to have letters after your name like me, Peter Thomson C.O.P.D, carry on smoking. If you’d rather not, please get help and quit.
It’s worth it.
Thank you, Peter