When you can't breathe, nothing else matters...
Emphysema is a slow killer, progressing gradually over a period of many years. The damage done to the lungs with emphysema is permanent and irreversible, but if a person stops smoking early on in the disease, it may be possible to arrest further development and improve one's quality of life.
- Living with Emphysema - Christine's Story
Illustration courtesy of A.D.A.M.