How I found hope
Sarah has COPD, but has found happiness and hope. Read her story.
I have to take my lung disease into account all the time. If I want to go out in the cold weather, I have to think about it. If I want to walk any distance, I have to think about it before. If you’re reading this with a lung condition, you’ll probably know exactly what I mean. It can be such a pain in the backside.
A few months after my diagnosis, my oxygen levels were tested. I was told they were getting quite dangerously low. The doctor prescribed oxygen and enrolled me at the gym.
Thanks to my doctors and information from the BLF I realised how important it was to exercise when you have a lung condition. I’m physically stronger than I’ve ever been. I work out 4 to 5 times a week in the gym at the moment doing some cardio, plus a lot of strength training. I have a fantastic trainer who’s been with me from the beginning – I think the folks at the gym think I’m a bit nuts, but that’s fine by me.
I achieve something every time I walk into the gym. I achieve something every time I walk out of the house bearing in mind how depressed I was at the beginning
We've been leading research into all lung conditions for over 30 years. Today, it remains at the heart of what we do. But research into lung disease is underfunded.
I even ran the London marathon in 2016 for the BLF. I wanted to raise money for the BLF's vital research. Their research means exercise is used as a treatment for people with COPD. I wanted to inspire at least one more person with lung disease to do more exercise.
I’ve seen very dark times but I found hope. You can give others like me hope by funding the BLF’s vital research. We need that research for people like me.
Research has been crucial for me in learning how to manage my condition. Without the knowledge that exercise can help, I wouldn’t be in the position I am. Now, for the first time in a long time, I’m excited by life, and I want to have adventures. I don’t feel that time is ticking.
You can give that feeling to others like me. You can give them hope by funding vital research.
Research can make a difference to people like Sarah. But it’s underfunded, especially compared to other diseases like heart disease. Will you help fund our research?