Welcome! My name is David, and this blog will chronicle my experiences while dealing with the disease of emphysema. But along the way, I’ll also write about some of my favorite stories from the many years I spent in the Army and as a restaurant manager after that. This won’t be a depressing blog; yeah, it sucks to have a progressive disease, but I’ve been lucky enough to have some great memories. I’ve been around the world and met a bunch of cool people, and just thinking about some of those times brings a smile to my face and makes me feel a whole lot better.
I smoked for about 40 years. Like many others, I tried to quit but never did. In 2008, I started noticing symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, inability to complete simple physical tasks, etc., and after finally going to the doctor, I was diagnosed with emphysema. It’s usually referred to now as COPD, a term that also includes chronic bronchitis. Smoking isn’t the only way to get it, but it’s by far the most common cause. By 2010, it had gotten much worse. I finally quit smoking, but I had to quit my job. A year or so later, I was on oxygen, and now I’m on hospice.
I’m happily married to a wonderful, very supportive wife, and we have two extremely cute and spoiled Shih Tzus. I served over 26 years in the Army and retired as a Sergeant Major, in 1998. I also have two sons and a daughter.
Among my interests are physics, Eastern philosophies, meteorology, economics, herpetology, and oil painting.