Remembering Leonard on COPD Day

Today, November 16, is COPD World Awareness Day. It saddens me to think of how many people have suffered with this condition, but what’s more, it is a mostly preventable condition. (unless genetic) Remember how Leonard stressed abstinence and quitting in his final year. He had said:

“I quit smoking 30 years ago; not soon enough!” …”If you smoke, quit now and if you haven’t started, don’t!”

To think that in his last hours, the poor man couldn’t even talk, his beautiful baritone  voiced silenced, his lungs closing up, is heart-wrenching. I’ll never forget when I saw him in NYC in 2013 how he had an awful coughing fit on the stage of Symphony Space.  This was before his disease was public knowledge, but I suspected that something was awfully wrong with him.   I’m sure had he survived he would still be promoting awareness of the awful diseases that are under the tent of COPD; emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Please support the COPD community and in Leonard’s memory, please don’t smoke.  And thanks to his daughter Julie, for making this part of the conversation. <3

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Julie’s Tribute to her Dad, Please Help Fund her Nimoy COPD Documentary.

ayrqxqcb4zurqs7ju8paJulie Nimoy is currently working on this documentary COPD Highly Illogical, A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy, about her father’s COPD.   I wanted to post this here today to help her reach her crowdfunding goal. This will be wonderful when it’s finished.

I’ll never forget seeing Nimoy in 2013 in NYC — I recall he had a awful coughing fit. This was before his diagnosis of COPD was made public, poor man. But this documentary will help spread awareness of COPD, and help others to discover and help their condition. All contributions welcome. It’s the logical thing to do! LLAP.

Here’s the link to the campaign:


My Weekly Spock – Nimoy Stills from “Piers Morgan Live”

Hey Kids,

Here’s some screencaps I took from February 10th’s interview of Mr. Nimoy with Piers Morgan of CNN.  As you can see, it was a lively conversation! I’ll have the transcript up for you soon! (and I hope video too).  The man loves his life, regardless of any illness;  a lesson we all could learn.  Enjoy!

“Olympic Smoker” Nimoy on Piers Morgan (Partial VIDEO)

IMG_8557Hey Kids,

Mr. Nimoy gave a fine and heartfelt interview on CNN last night with Piers Morgan.  In this segment he talks about how he was an ‘Olympic Smoker’ and the ignorance of tobacco dangers when he was young.  Here’s that part of the interview’;  I hope to get the full interview up later.   He did great! Rock on, Grandpa.

People Magazine’s Take on Nimoy’s COPD

Here’s People Magazine’s recap of Mr. Nimoy’s ailment.  Keep fighting the good fight, Leonard!

Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease

02/06/2014 at 07:50 PM EST

Leonard Nimoy Diagnosed with Chronic Lung Disease
Leonard Nimoy
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Wireimage

Leonard Nimoy has announced he suffers from chronic lung disease and is speaking out about the dangers of smoking.

The actor best known as Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock says he he has been diagnosed with obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a general term that can be used to describe several lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma, according to the COPD Foundation.

“I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers,” Nimoy, 82, Tweets, adding, “LLAP” – for “live long and prosper.”

“I quit smoking 30 yrs ago,” he says. “Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.”

“Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you’re diagnosed with lung damage it’s too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now. LLAP.”

But Nimoy reassures his followers that he is still going strong: “Just taped my comments for Star Trek Fest to be aired on EPIX Feb. 16th. Still enjoying my life. LLAP”

You can see the video here:

Leonard Nimoy has COPD

Leonard Nimoy at presentation of "Vincent" on June 15th, 2013 Original Photo by Therese Bohn.

Leonard Nimoy at presentation of “Vincent” on June 15th, 2013
Original Photo by Therese Bohn. (me)

Last night Mr. Nimoy tweeted the following:

COPD is the following:

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary (PULL-mun-ary) disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time.

COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. Most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust—also may contribute to COPD.

Sad to hear this, although not too surprised.  I recall Mr. Nimoy had a awful coughing fit during the above appearance, and he was brought water which helped.  Unfortunately there is no cure, but at least there are treatments and lifestyle changes can help one feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease.

I was a little surprised that Mr. Nimoy announced this problem publicly, but I suspect he knows his fans, and like a good Dad, (or Grandpa, as he wants his fans to call him) he wants his ‘family’ to know.    He knows he won’t live forever, and in his grace, he’s letting us down gently.

I have no doubt that Mr. Nimoy knows how much he is LOVED by so many people around the world, and how happy he has made so many of us.  Sir, if your reading this, we send you our love and prayers, and best wishes for a comfortable, healthier existence.  May you truly Live Long and Prosper.  Many hugs and thanks “Grandpa” Love, Therese