A mum-of-three has told how she was twice left bed-bound by serious asthma attacks.
Leanne Slater, 36, could not move for a week each time she suffered the bouts which she branded “terrifying”.
But the former Hartlepool women and current Wingate resident has fought back and is now days away from tackling the Great North Run.
And in a determined plea to other sufferers, she said: “If I can do it, anyone can.”
More than five per cent of the Hartlepool population has asthma.
Latest available figures from Asthma UK show 5,383 people in town have it which is 5.8 per cent of the town’s population.
One sufferer is Leanne, who is mum to Kian, aged eight, and three-year-old twins Evie and Evan.
“I have had asthma ever since I was five when I had bronchitis, and I do get it bad when it comes on,” she said.
“I know that it could happen whenever I get a cold. It starts with a loss of breath and then it just progressively gets worse.
“And when it gets really bad, I am stuck in bed for up to a week. That’s when it is really scary.”
Thankfully, Leanne’s latest episode was months ago and she is determined not to let her condition beat her.
Leanne, formerly from Hartlepool and now living in Wingate, decided to take matters into her own hands,
She explained: “In February last year, I joined a running club called Wingate Striders and I was determined to put my name in for this year’s Great North Run.
“I am doing okay and I think I should get round in between two hours and 20 minutes and two hours and 40 minutes.
“Since I started running, I have hardly had to use my inhaler at all. It has been great for my breathing and my lungs are getting the exercise they need.”
Trainee nurse Leanne is married to Paul Slater, 36, who works for Nissan.
She said she was loving the extra fitness that preparing for the Great North Run has brought her.
“There are lots of great walks and runs in the area around Wingate, Peterlee and Castle Eden.
“My advice to other people would be, don’t let anything get in your way. If I can do it, anyone can.”
Joining her on the run will be fellow Wingate Strider member Arlene Anderson, 41, from Hutton Henry. They are two of the 300 people running on behalf of Asthma UK at this year’s Great North Run on Sunday, September 13.
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