Take a deep breath and live your life
Hilary is an adventurous Institute for Respiratory Health member who decided to share her experiences living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
She wanted to help raise awareness and early treatment for the condition.
Hilary was diagnosed with COPD in 1996, but like many people in her situation she lived with the symptoms of breathlessness and chest pains for a few years before seeking treatment.
Living with COPD, Hilary found it difficult to do the things she loved to do.
Luckily she decided to get in contact with a lung specialist Prof Phil Thompson – one of the Institute’s expert clinical researchers. He gave her some life changing advice – an innovative new surgery to remove parts of her damaged lung.
“I want to prevent other people from going through what I did. I encourage people to seek treatment straight away- the sooner the better! More work needs to be done to make sure everyone with a chronic lung condition can take a deep breath and live their life.”
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