This Breathe Easy Week (June 16-22), the British Lung Foundation (BLF) support group Breathe Easy Nottingham West will be holding an awareness stand at Morrisons in Eastwood (9am -5pm on) on Tuesday June 17 to show how they can support people who are affected by lung disease.
Pop along and meet the group and have a breathing check.
This year’s Breathe Easy Week theme is ‘breathlessness and early diagnosis’. Many people may consider breathlessness as a sign of getting old or being unfit yet it is one of the most common symptoms of lung disease.
Early diagnosis of a lung condition can improve quality of life and care for patients, which is why people are encouraged to visit their GP if they are feeling breathless in situations where they would not expect to be, such as during non-strenuous exercise.
During Breathe Easy Week, BLF Breathe Easy support groups all over the UK will be showcasing the range of activities they do, from choir concerts and coffee mornings to sponsored walks and exercise classes.
Breathe Easy provide free support and advice for anybody affected by any lung conditions – from lung cancer and COPD to rarer conditions such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and mesothelioma.
A recent UK COPD patient survey, conducted by GlaxoSmithKline, found that nearly half of patients felt that being breathless affected their confidence and that over a third felt it impacted negatively on their family lives.
Jane Reeve chairman of Breathe Easy Nottingham West, said: “Our Breathe Easy group is here for anyone in the area living with a lung disease, their friends, family members or carers.
“Everyone is welcome to come and share advice, support, friendship and experiences with other people who are in a similar position.
“We really hope that this Breathe Easy Week people will take the opportunity to come to our awareness stand and find out more about breathlessness and early diagnosis, what the group does and how we can help them. It is also an opportunity to find out about the fantastic work that the British Lung Foundation does across the country”.
Mike McKevitt, head of patient services at the British Lung Foundation, said: “Coming along to Breathe Easy Nottingham West’s awareness stand and meeting other people affected by lung disease will be instructive and really helpful. Groups like Breathe Easy NW represent an invaluable pillar of support, providing not only compassion and understanding, but advice and encouragement that can really help improve their health and quality of life”.
Locals are most welcome, to Breathe Easy Nottingham West when the group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Catholic Church Hall, Hill top Eastwood (1.30pm -3.30pm) with lunch club 12.30 on meeting days.
Specially adapted respiratory exercise group Tuesday/Thursday 11am-12midday at Plumptre Hall.