Faces of Lung Disease

Wayne's Story

This story reinforces the importance of lung health, organ donation and the support needed by transplant recipients and their loved ones.
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Philip's story:  "I hope my story will help inspire you to never start smoking or if you already started.. to stop."

Philip's story: "I hope my story will help inspire you to never start smoking or if you already started.. to stop."

I was born in 1955 in China. When I was 19 my sister and I moved to England to study English. This is where I also learned to smoke. All of my friends were smoking and I thought it would make me look more adult and cool...
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Doug Cooper

Doug Cooper - Ottawa, Ontario

I was stunned when my doctor told me I had COPD. I had never heard of this disease before. The first thing I did was get myself informed. I read. I asked many questions. I was lucky enough to find a pulmonary rehab...
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Larry Mayville, Aylmer, Quebec

I was diagnosed with COPD at 37. I went to my doctor to get tested because I noticed that I was always out of breath. At first I thought: What am I going to do? How am I going to fight this? So I decided to quit smoking...
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Darlene Morgan - Brandon, Manitoba

When I found out I had COPD I thought my life was over. I was wrong. If there’s one message I could put out there it would be – it’s NOT over. In fact, my new life has just begun. Quitting smoking has given me a whole...
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Vivianne Toupin - Vancouver, B.C.

Ironically, it was only when I saw my doctor about a heart problem that I discovered I also suffered from chronic lung disease. That was 17 years ago. In truth, for the first nine years following diagnosis I ignored my...
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Mary Stewart - Ottawa, Ontario

I was a nurse for 25 years, so I knew about a serious lung condition called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Many of the patients I cared for had COPD. And so did my mother. But I was playing the game of...
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Jeremy Chen, with his son, Xavier

Jeremy's Story - Lung cancer can hit anyone, smoker or not: widow

 Nov. 17, 2010 was Jeremy Chen's 30th birthday, a day that included going out for lunch with co-workers. It was also the day the North Burnaby resident first noticed it—a shortness of breath walking from the restaurant...
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Eva's Story

In early 2006, my husband Gord Swan had gone to his doctor about a dry cough that wouldn’t go away. When his doctor sent him for an x-ray, I remember thinking that his doctor was being overly cautious. After all, how...
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Val Friesen's story, patient - Winnipeg, Manitoba

As I think back, my first encounter with a breathing problem occurred in 2003 while doing yard work. I had a strange feeling in my chest as I emptied the wheelbarrow full of soil and felt too tired to continue. In 2005...
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