COPD patient stories

Barb Prime

MY LUNGS SAY ‘NO’ BUT KEEP SMILING A typical tale of a smoker who developed emphysema and then COPD, Barb’s story is one of slow decline until oxygen has become part of her daily life.  This is my story. My name is Barb Prime and I am 61 years old, diagnosed with emphysema in 1991. […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Mariano Aran

Colette Beeston (nee Prause)

THE NEED FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF COPD A common story among COPD sufferers is that for years they were unaware of their slowly deteriorating health. Collete is now 46 years old but was not diagnosed with COPD until 22 October 2009. Over the years I went to different Doctors about other health issues but never […]

March 31, 2014 at 9:58 pm by Mariano Aran

Darryl Summerhayes

LUNGS OF STEEL ARE NOW LUNGS OF MUSH Too often thought of as a condition that only affects the elderly, Darryl found out that a diagnosis of chronic asthma, COPD and Vocal Chord Dysfunction was to dramatically change his lifestyle. Now 55 years old he has successfully adapted to the necessary changes to his lifestyle.My […]

April 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm by Mariano Aran

Daryl Rogers

SMOKING WAS NOT THE ONLY CAUSE The combination of tobacco smoke, agricultural fertilisers, dust and industrial chemicals can be a deadly combination as Daryl found out when he was told he had emphysema. His approach to his condition is to ‘make the most of what you have, and make my lungs work’. Hi, I am […]

April 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm by Mariano Aran

Frances Merson

KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY says Frances, an 80 year old War Widow who has lived at Mornington on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria since 2002. She writes: I have a very supportive son and daughter also living in Mornington. I was a smoker of 20 cigarettes say from  the age of 15 to 50 when I […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm by Mariano Aran

Helen Cotter

I have restricted breathing because of kyphoscoliosis and I am on oxygen for part of the day. I have been a member of Canberra Lung Life Support Group for almost 10 years. In that time, I have been Treasurer, Editor of the newsletter, and coordinator of Lung Life. I am currently the acting coordinator. I […]

May 31, 2017 at 10:23 am by Maheshi Wadasinghe

Ian Garvie

Ian’s Story: I started smoking when I was twelve or thirteen and I smoked for forty years. I can honestly say I enjoyed every cigarette.  Despite smoking, I lived a very active lifestyle and participated in various sports always celebrating a victory (or loss) with a cigarette and a drink or two. Throughout my forty […]

May 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Laura Guthrie

Jeanette Rogers

LIFE AS A CARER Jeanette is the wife and carer of former farmer Daryl who was diagnosed with emphysema in 1997 and told he would no longer work. The realization that life would not be the same after this diagnosis is vividly retold by Jeanette. After hearing the diagnosis I felt our world was ending. […]

April 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm by Mariano Aran

Jo Ventura

MY JOURNEY THROUGH OLD AGE WITH COPD   Recently bereaved 80 year old Joe lives on the Central Coast of NSW, and describes how he finally came to cope with this debilitating condition: I was diagnosed with emphysema a long time ago. The doctor told me if I valued my health I should stop smoking […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Mariano Aran

John Baddock

TRY TO RETAIN A REALISTIC BUT POSITIVE OUTLOOK Even if smoking does not kill immediately the long-term effects mean an inexorable decline in health.  Having been a veteran smoker John was finally diagnosed with COPD. He is now a keen participant in self help breathing groups and urges others afflicted with COPD not to give […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm by Mariano Aran

John Ruttle (COPD)

For as long as I can remember, I have had Asthma.  I am now 70 years old and living with COPD.  I was first diagnosed with Bronchitis 15 years ago.  Then three years later I was diagnosed with Emphysema and two years later, further diagnosed with COPD.   At the time I was given two years […]

February 15, 2016 at 10:24 am by Laura Guthrie

Mark Thatcher – COPD

My name is Mark and I live with COPD.  My message to others is to be careful in your workplace and protect yourself if you are working in an environment with occupational dusts and chemicals. I am only 53 years old. I was first diagnosed with COPD nine years ago when I was suffering severe […]

June 13, 2016 at 8:52 am by Laura Guthrie

Mary Kirkwood

Hi, my name is Mary. I would like to share my story about how COPD changed my life for the better. I am 56 years old, divorced and a mother of three. Until recently, the only time I had ever been in hospital was when I was having my children, 27 years ago.  Having said […]

July 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm by Laura Guthrie

Meredith Lores (COPD)

My name is Meredith. This is my journey. I recently turned 60 years old and I’ve been an asthmatic since my early 20s and suffered bronchitis since my mid teens. I stopped smoking in November 2014, after 40 years. I knew after 6 months of ongoing chest infections, it was was something I had to […]

May 30, 2017 at 4:03 pm by Maheshi Wadasinghe

Patricia Smareglia

Exercise can have life changing impact for people with chronic lung conditions.  Ask your GP about referring you to see an exercise professional who specialise in chronic lung disease.  Patricia tells us about her experience…. My name is Patricia Smareglia and I have been coming to the QUT Health Clinic for over three years for […]

May 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Laura Guthrie

Roy Martin

  My name is Roy Martin; I am nearly 55 years old and live in Plumpton, an outer western suburb of Sydneywith my wife Debbie and our two teenage children Lauren (18) and Daniel (17).  Fortunately I am still in reasonably good health which enables me to work full time in a purchasing position. I […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm by Mariano Aran

Sandie Parter – COPD

I’m Sandie Parter. My ancestors come from the Darumbal tribe of Rockhampton and the Tanna, Ambrym and Lifou people from Vanuatu. Both sides of my family had a history of asthma and my beloved dad passed away from respiratory failure due to chronic asthma back in 2008. Even though he stopped smoking in his twenties, […]

July 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm by Laura Guthrie

Sue Summerhayes

THE CARER’S VIEW OF ‘LUNGS OF STEEL’ ARE NOW ‘LUNGS OF MUSH’   In an earlier story Darryl wrote of his problems in coping with COPD. His wife Sue has now provided us with a full time Carer’s view of living with a COPD sufferer and how she feels that both Darryl and herself are […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm by Mariano Aran

Teresa Watson – COPD

I started smoking at 10 years of age behind the bike sheds at school. At 12 years old I asked my mum if I could smoke, she obviously said a resounding ‘no’, but I replied ‘well I’m going do it behind your back anyway’. After that there was an understanding between me and mum that […]

June 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Laura Guthrie

Trish Miller

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG How many COPD sufferers have said “I knew something was wrong?” Diagnosed with COPD, Alpha 1 – Anti-Trypsin Deficiency and GORD changed Trish’s life. But from being absolutely shattered in 2002 and being unable to do even basic chores, through a series of remarkable medical interventions, she has been able to […]

April 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Mariano Aran

Virginia Harrison

MY STORY Struck down with COPD at the age of 14, Virginia has coped with health problems for many years but still enjoys life. She has been an active member of the ‘Better Breathers Group’ in Rosebud, Victoria, for over two years and is a good example of a strong spirit overcoming indifferent health. My […]

April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm by Mariano Aran