I began researching emphysema, COPD and chronic bronchitis in 2003 after my mother was diagnosed. I had taken graduate level courses in Pathology, Histology, Pulmonary Physiology, Cardiac Physiology, Renal Physiology and Human Genetics so it was not that difficult wading through the medical and pharmaceutical rhetoric which dominated the search terms for these diseases.
I eventually realized that these two industries had nothing in the way of medications or treatments that would provide any positive results other than temporarily masking symptoms.
When I asked my mother’s doctor why her emphysema was getting worse in light of the fact that she had quit smoking more than two and a half years earlier he replied,
“We don’t know why emphysema gets worse so long after the patient quits smoking. It’s a mystery.”
I decided right then and there that I would research emphysema until I either solved this mystery or my mother took her last breath.
This blog, along with my two web sites, are a result of more than 6500 hours of research over nearly 4 years. It will detail my mother’s struggles and eventual recovery from emphysema, COPD and chronic bronchitis.