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COPD: ‘I had lost the will to live but the surgery has given me my independence back’

An estimated 40,000 Irish people live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a progressive condition that can make the simplest tasks like walking upstairs impossible. Thanks to a supportive consultant, sufferer Yvonne Conroy found the right treatment and began living again

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Yvonne Conroy who suffers with COPD. Photo: Mark Condren

Yvonne Conroy who suffers with COPD. Photo: Mark Condren

Professor Karen Redmond of the Mater Hospital in Dublin

Professor Karen Redmond of the Mater Hospital in Dublin

Yvonne Conroy from Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Yvonne Conroy from Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Yvonne Conroy has regained her strength since her surgery in the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Yvonne Conroy has regained her strength since her surgery in the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

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Yvonne Conroy who suffers with COPD. Photo: Mark Condren

Since the onset of Covid-19, we are all more than aware of chest infections. But while we may have all experienced coughs and breathing issues of varying severity, it is estimated that at least 400,000 people in Ireland live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) — and almost half of that figure have moderate or severe symptoms.

Yvonne Conroy, age 60, is one of the many people living with this debilitating condition after she was diagnosed with a progressive lung disease about 15 years ago. She describes herself as having been a “not heavy” smoker and had given up at age 40, five years before her diagnosis.


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