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I’ve been involved with Breathe Easy Darlington (BED) since it’s very earliest days.

Not only has it provided me with information about my respiratory health in the form of talks from various health professionals, it has also provided support in many other ways. Sometimes the best way to learn about a condition is in a relaxed setting, chatting to others who are going through the same sort of things and it helps to know that you aren’t alone.

I’ve learned all sorts, to be honest from how to exercise safely, to how to take prescribed medication properly. I’ve learned about Darlington’s history, sampled food, and enjoyed hearing about beekeeping. I’ve been on trips to Lavender fields, and old ships, eaten fish and chips at the coast and ice cream all over the place. I’ve shared meals, danced and sung.

More than anything else, I have made some amazing friends - and if laughter is the best medicine then Breathe Easy Darlington is a real cure all.