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WDEL's Delaware HealthWatch
with Frank Gerace


COPD

Cancer may be a better-known killer, but another disease that's just as deadly is flying under many people's radar, so to speak.

Michelle Segarra says her mother, Priscilla Kidd, was hospitalized in 1989 for a collapsed lung, and felt additional symptoms.

"Severe chest pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue."

Segarra says that's when her mother found out she was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD.

COPD sufferers often have a history of smoking, as Michelle's mother did, and while there's no cure, it is treatable--a course Michelle's mother decided against.

"Basically, they told her she needed to go for treatments, and she opted to not seek any treatment."

Priscilla Kidd passed away at age 61 in 2008, 19 years after her diagnosis, and Michelle urges anyone to see their doctor if they have COPD symptoms.

"Constant coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath while doing everyday activities, trouble catching your breath, wheezing, and they suffer typically from a lot of respiratory infections."

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