'I struggled to breathe - now I run marathons'
Being diagnosed with asthma aged 30 changed Ruth Smith's life. She was regularly rushed to hospital with severe attacks - and just going out on a cold winter's day was difficult. But the Leeds-based mother-of-one has gone from feeling "left out" of life to becoming a marathon runner.
This is her story:
"I'd had a cough for ages. I thought I had a chest infection and went for an X-ray. But while I was there I had a really bad bout of coughing.
"I was admitted - and diagnosed with late-onset asthma. I was 30. I've been told it's quite common in women.
"Things that... read more
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