"You’re meeting other people that have the same problems as yourself. We’re all in the same boat."

“I was a nurse for forty years. It wasn’t until one morning when I was getting ready for my work, it was a back shift that day, I couldn’t breathe. I thought, ‘that’s funny, not being able to breathe like this’.

I put it down to weight, so I just continued working and getting breathless. I went off sick. I went for the breathing test and that’s what came up, severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. So, we went down the line of ill-health and that’s how I took my retirement.

If it was just a cold or it had been my weight I would have stayed on. But because of my breathing I said I can’t do this job anymore.

If it’s too hot, it’s a killer. If it’s too cold, it’s a killer. My heart failure doesn’t help either because you get breathless with that too.

It used to be terrible, it reduces your mobility. But now I’m a lot better, I can walk up the hill and down the hill. I think it’s my weight, losing the weight. What a difference it’s made. I do have my off days when I do have problems with my breath.

The singing for breathing group is a good idea, it does help. I love it. You’re meeting other people that have the same problems as yourself. We’re all in the same boat.”

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