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Dec 1, 2015 · (MAC/MAI) MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE/BRONCHIECTASIS in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Just a bit of news from me in Australia. I have started on a three day a week walking regime, walking around 7 1/2 miles per outing. I have built up to walking at a reasonably fast rate, about 10 mph in US terms or 6.6 kph for the metrics. I am certainly feeling better for it. I wear a Fitbit watch which records heart rate, speed, distance etc so I can keep a record of my progress. I am now using a CPAP machine, as I have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. It takes some getting used to but I am starting to feel more energized during the day. Life is getting better, and my MAC symptoms are getting less.

Oct 5, 2015 · (MAC/MAI) MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE/BRONCHIECTASIS in MAC & Bronchiectasis

Katherine, thanks for the reply. My depression/anxiety, diagnosed as Cyclothymia (Cyclothymic Disorder), is something I have had nearly all my adult life. It stems from losing my brother when he was only 16 years old, I was only nearly 19 years old myself, then my Grandfather and father in a short number of years then the breakdown of my first marriage. I have no contact with my adult children or any grandchild, only my fabulous current wife of 28 years, and some friends to support me in my illness. And, that is more than many I suppose. I am starting to do some volunteer work, as I am a early retiree, and I try to keep my mind busy. It is too easy to lead a very insular life, and miss out on the fun of actually living. I have been told that MAC may be my cross to bear for the rest of my life, and that is a scary thought at times. However, life is there to be lived. It may not be quite what I thought it would be, but it is all I have.

James

Oct 5, 2015 · (MAC/MAI) MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE/BRONCHIECTASIS in MAC & Bronchiectasis

I am new to this forum and I am a 58 y/o white male, diagnosed with MAC via brochoscopy and sputum results just over 15 months ago. I also have bronchiectasis however I am on the mild end of the spectrum with very little in the way of symptoms. Very little dry cough, next to no sputum production, bouts of fatigue that pass and I am keeping a healthy stable weight. Not on medication yet, although that could change down the track. I am under the care of a lung specialist who has other MAC patients at a large hospital here in Sydney, Australia. My biggest test is that I am a depression/anxiety sufferer and when I am feeling low physically my mental state plummets. I just have to remember I am not alone on this journey, and the news of other sufferers helps me along.

James