Bear with me for a minute while I try to explain this. My mom has been dealing with lung issues for as long as I can remember. I remember when I was about 5 or 6 (she would have been somewhere between 29-30), she used to be in the bathroom coughing and throwing up she was coughing so hard. She was once a smoker, but eventually quit. She has been dealing with asthma since she was young (I know, smoking wasn't smart- my sister and I used to get so frustrated with her), but I think there was always something more there, and the way she explained it to me was that the issues were always there, smoking just exasperated it (most 29 year old smokers don't have the problems she used to have). The doctors did find pseudomonas in her lungs, and I believe she was diagnosed with COPD (could've been another lung disease). Her pulmonologist suggested a lung transplant last time she was in the hospital, but now it's been progressing and the antibiotics, etc. are not working well to help her anymore (she ended up in the hospital again less than a week later), so her pulmonologist is now saying she needs to get on the lung transplant process as soon as possible.
My sister smoked for a short period of time and had a pretty bad smokers cough in that short period, my brother had asthma, and I get bronchitis easily (or used to - not as much anymore). Also, my grandpa died of emphysema, but was never a smoker (my mom has questioned that as it seems a little odd for someone to die of emphysema when they've never smoked). I, by the way, do NOT smoke and won't touch a cigarette, and am a runner, though I've been tested for breathing problems because I do sometimes have issues with breathing while running. I guess, how likely is it that these problems are hereditary? And can pseudomonas be passed on between a mother and her kids? I have no idea how long she's had the infection, and if that caused her early problems, or if her bad lungs were inherited from her father.