April 3, 2014

Mary Clement

A LIGHT SMOKER’S TALE

Mary, now aged 75 lives at Oak Flats, NSW. Although only a light smoker for 20 years, she acquired COPD with its associated limitations on life style.

My occupation was Telephonist at the Wollongong Telephone Exchange for several years. I have been married for 53 years to my husband Keith. I smoked lightly for approximately 20 years from the age of 16, tried all types of stop smoking devices, did the Beutaco course several years ago and finally gave up smoking with the help of hypnotism in 1972. My health was badly affected, for example sitting outside on the step in the early hours of the morning.

I am not sure when I was diagnosed with COPD, but it would be several years ago. My GP has been very helpful, first sending me tome to a lung specialist then to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre at Shell Harbour Hospital, where we are in the capable hands of the physiotherapist, who really cares for us. I am now under the regular care of a doctor at the hospital.

With the walking and exercising I am starting to feel much better and still playing lawn bowls, but realise my limitations when climbing stairs or walking up slight incline. I hope this information is of some help.