- Published: Friday, 28 January 2011 11:50
At 40 years old, I was diagnosed with asthma. My condition progressed from mild episodes of shortness of breath on the tennis court to persistent daily breathing problems that forced me to quit tennis and all forms of exercise. Just walking made me breathless and my chest tight. I literally had no life. I struggled to get the breath to read to my children. My condition actually seemed to get worse in spite of strong prescription medications like symbicort, zopanex and prednisone.
I went from an organic, healthy lifestyle to this awful world of asthma. I was even told to stay inside to avoid the humidity, which was a trigger. I didn't want to accept that this was going to be my condition for the rest of my life. I searched the internet regularly for answers. I found Buteyko Center USA and read the entire website. It sounded interesting and made sense to me.
Skeptical, but curious, I called and was fortunate to get Thomas on the phone. My life has been in a constant state of progress ever since. Within 2 1/2 weeks I was able to stop my rescue inhaler (I was taking at least 4-6 puffs per day at that time and taking symbicort). My chest tightness gradually subsided and I was able to stand up straight. My lung capacity continues to improve and I am exercising again and joining my family in their daily activities again. I am so grateful to Thomas and the Buteyko family for bringing this method to the USA. I am currently completing an internship to become a practitioner, along with my 7 year old daughter who has had breathing problems. We hope to bring this method to many others who desire a life free from asthma. Thank you for the much needed support during this time. I am looking forward to reaching my goal of being medication free.