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COPD and Emphysema: Want to connect with others

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Hello BlueHealer: I am a lung cancer survivor or 10 years and 7 months and never smoker . Definitely see your Mayo Clinic Pulmonologist. It may be helpful to think about paced breathing, Mindfulness and Resiliency training with Dr Amit Sood. After
lung cancer surgery I was afforded an amazing opportunity to be in his research study that I personally felt helped save my life
with what is now in a several books, "Happiness" is one of my favorites.
The program took me from pursed lip breathing while walking very slow, heal toe, heal toe, to accomplishing running three years
later. I have been running and bicycling since. Please understand, I clearly understand the fear factor of not being able to take a
deep breath. In the last few years there have been remarkable medical advances in the world of lung research. It's all about getting the proper care and proper diagnosis. All my best,

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I'm intrigued by your story. I was diagnosed with COPD at 50. I was a heavy smoker. I quit and went on a desperate "health kick' including weight training yoga and jogging. I was told I wouldn't be able to jog. Initially I struggled to do a .25 mile jog. Eventually (2-3 years later) I got to 10 miles at 12-13 minute pace. Now, at 65 I generally do 5k-10k jogs at 11-12 minute average (I start at 15 minute pace and end at 9)
Sorry for the history, but I'm curious about your distances and speeds and if you know many lung cancer or COPD people who became fit runners. I haven't met any personally.
I believe my strict exercising routine has substantially slowed the disease progression.

who wrote Happiness? Thanks!!