Hi Donna... There is no cure for COPD, but if you quit smoking as soon as possible, the lungs may be able to recover to some extent. Ultimately, though, COPD is a progressive chronic condition of the respiratory system that will cause you to have increasing difficulty breathing.
But how long that deterioration can take varies greatly from person to person and will depend on what stage you are at by the time you are diagnosed. People with COPD frequently live many years with the disease.
It is important to live the best life you can for as long as you can. Take any medications as prescribed by your doctor, learn how to balance activity and rest optimally and be open to the idea of using supplemental oxygen when the need arises.
There are many articles here on HealthCentral by both me and Jane Martin on how to live a quality life with COPD. I encourage you to read them and to participate in discussions here on our community as well.
To your health,
I've been told there is no cure. I've also been told you can prevent copd from getting worse by taking care of yourself.