The BLF Helpline changed my life
I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 16. It was difficult in the summer because of pollen, and I’d often end up in A&E, but apart from that, my lungs were okay. I kept on exercising normally, walking everywhere and using my blue inhaler.
One day, I got a very bad chest infection. Things got worse, and I ended up collapsing three times over Christmas. I could no longer exercise like I used to.
"Everything became a struggle."
But I didn't speak up about how I felt because I didn't want to tell people what really happens when my chest starts kicking off. I decided I really needed to talk to someone. I found the British Lung Foundation on Facebook, and someone there said to give the helpline a call - so I did.
“I'll remember that day forever. When I came off the phone, I cried with relief. For the first time in a decade, I understood that I wasn't alone.”
I can't tell you how much of a difference it made to me. I have found out that unless you have lung issues yourself, nobody can really know how it feels, the pain and how hard it is to get about, or even talk.
I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t called the helpline. I probably would have just carried on, feeling like I could never tell anyone what was happening.
With support from the helpline, I found out more information about my condition. They were very supportive.