I live in New Zealand and from the age of two until I was thirteen I suffered from chronic asthma and eczema. Now I am in my early fifties and have been free from asthma since. However, until recently, I had been having breathing problems - shortness of breath, tight chest, and the feeling I'm not getting enough oxygen. I also had a thyroidectomy five years ago, which exacerbated my breathing ability and affected my energy levels, as well as my confidence. I often felt fatigued and lacked motivation for physical exercise. The medications I have to take for an absent thyroid were giving me heart palpitations, stress and instances where I felt paralyzed with fear that my heart would stop.