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Getting out of breath saved my life

Hi, I’m Bob. I want to talk to you about getting out of breath.

Bob Setford

I used to pride myself on being fit. I loved visiting Cornwall, and seeing the world.

Every now and then I’d get out of breath – I thought it was normal.

Here’s a photo of me walking in the south of France. I’m second on the left.

Bob Setford

I knew something was wrong while walking up a hill in a Cornish fishing village.

Nobody else was struggling - but I had to stop quite often, just to get my breath back. It left me feeling exhausted.

Cornish fishing village

At first, I was worried about going to see a doctor.  Thank goodness I did. The doctor made me feel relaxed and reassured.

I was diagnosed with a lung condition, and my treatment was a series of exercise classes.

The simple tests probably saved my life.

Bob Setford

Now I know my limits, but also what’s possible. That means I can still lead an active life.

If I hadn’t got checked out, that might not have been possible.

I’m heading back to France later this year, I help out with local community gardening projects - I even rebuilt my kitchen.

And here’s a photo of me enjoying time on the beach with my family.

Bob Setford

I hope my story can help people realise that getting out of breath isn’t always normal.

If you're worried about it, I'd recommend you seek medical help. It’s not scary – as I found out.

Do you feel out of breath doing simple things? Take our quick and easy online test to find out if you should speak to your GP.

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11 June 2016