After a spell in hospital, and the realisation that my asthma has led into a more long terms chronic, as yet undetermined respiratory condition, I searched the internet in hope of a local support group. I found the British Lung Foundation support group Breathe Easy, and it's associated exercise class here on my doorstep in Darlington.
Breathe Easy is a wonderful group. It offers advise and support for those suffering with all types of lung conditions. Some months there are interesting talks from guest speakers. Other months there are Q & A sessions with local healthcare professionals. And a couple of times a year, there's social gatherings at a local pub with maybe a quiz and a raffle.
All in all, it's a fun group, and help alleviate the stress associated with whatever respiratory condition a person may have. By chatting to the friendly understanding members, I realised there are others in the same situation, and that I didn't have to suffer in silence. The committee are always available if you wish to talk to someone outside of the monthly meetings, and regular newsletters are sent out with information and updates. Likewise, with the weekly Active exercise class. It follows on from Pulmonary Rehabilitation, although you don't have to have been through the rehab to join the class. I certainly hadn't. It's a friendly group, led by a British Lung Foundation trained instructor. The circuit of exercises and general keep fit are tailored specifically for folk with lung problems, and although you do get a good work out, it's not one that pushes you beyond your limit. I found it really helped my breathing at times, and I had lots of fun while doing it.