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An online breath test changed my life

Susan says she was struggling on without answers - until she spotted our online breath test.

Susan English

I first started to worry about my breathing 3 years ago.

I realised that I could no longer walk outside in the wind, or in cold weather. I used to be able to walk a mile in 15 minutes, but no more. And walking uphill wasn’t possible.

I complained to my doctor, but wasn’t really taken seriously.


A few months ago, I was browsing the internet when I spotted the British Lung Foundation’s online breath test. Although my doctor hadn’t taken my concerns on board I was still worried, so I clicked through.

It felt perfect for me. It was really easy to use. And it addressed all the things I’d complained about. This was reassuring, and made me realise that it wasn’t normal to feel like I did.

At the end of the test, the results advised that I should speak to my GP. I was pleased because I now had something to help my case. It wasn’t just me complaining any more, I had evidence that there might be something wrong.

I saw my doctor and we talked about my breath test. Finally, I was taken seriously.

I saw my doctor 2 weeks later and we talked about the breath test. Finally, I was taken seriously.

I was sent to see a local nurse for a breathing test called spirometry. I had to blow into a tube, and I watched as it registered on the machine. I had a rest, and then repeated it.

I have COPD

The nurse looked at the readings, and told me I have a lung condition called COPD. She got a chart out to compare my results, and explained that I was in the middle of ‘moderate’.

I was prescribed an inhaler, and had to return to my GP surgery for instructions on how to use it.

If I hadn’t spotted the breath test that day, I’d still be struggling on. Now I have hope.

And I’ve joined my local Breathe Easy support group, where I’ve met more people like me.

Now I’ve finally been diagnosed, I hope I can learn how to manage it.

The last 2 winters have been really bad – I’ve needed antibiotics and steroids to get through my winter illnesses. So I hope this time can be different.

I want to find out how I can keep well, and slow the progression of my COPD.

If I hadn’t spotted the breath test that day, I’d still be struggling on. Now I have hope.

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Susan English, who is living with COPD

Susan English

Susan had been worried about her breathing for 3 years until she took our online breath test.

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11 November 2016