“I’ve stopped breathing on too many occasions.”
Lyndell Gore never completely understood how to deal with her severe asthma, until she was brought into the care of an Institute for Respiratory Health lung specialist.
With the desire to live a regular life, Lyndell’s youth was a particularly difficult period. “One time I remember I regained consciousness to find my clothes had been cut off so the medical staff could use equipment to save my life. I was 21. I’ve stopped breathing on too many occasions. Experiences such as this help you to value life and realize just how fragile we are.”
Severe asthma is a condition where the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten and become narrow, and the lining becomes inflamed and starts to swell. This causes a severe difficulty in breathing.
Lyndell was in search of answers and wanted to be better equipped to handle her condition on a day to day basis. She came into contact with lung specialist Prof Phil Thompson, who is also a researcher for the Institute for Respiratory Health. She was then directed to participate to try a new drug as a part of the Institute’s Clinical Trials Unit. She commented on her experience:
“The Institute for Respiratory Health has become like a second family. The exceptional staff in the Clinical Trials Unit continue to be an imperative part of my treatment on a physical and emotional level.”
“I believe the work done at the Institute is invaluable. If such vital research can improve community awareness, understanding and treatment, people may not need to endure the health issues I have. I am delighted to share my story for such a prominent organization leading the way in lung disease.”