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David Y

David, age 18, was diagnosed with asthma at age 5. He is white British and currently lives at home with his parents and his brother. He is at school studying for A-Levels and plans to go to university. David's mother thinks that his asthma was triggered by a really bad cold. His asthma is mild and he is not on regular medication. He sees a specialist nurse once a year for check-ups.

  • Background

    David currently lives at home with his parents and his brother. He is at school studying for A levels and plans to go to university. Ethnic background: White British

  • Age at interview 18
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Nicola

    Nicola, age 24, was diagnosed with asthma at age 7. She is white British, and lives with other young professionals. She studied journalism and public relations and now works for a PR consultancy. Nicola has moderate asthma and needs to take her inhaler everyday to keep her symptoms under control. In her experience most people know about asthma.

  • Background

    Nicola, age 24, was diagnosed with asthma at age 7. She is white British, and lives with other young professionals. She studied journalism and public relations and now works for...

  • Age at interview 24
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Faisil

    Faisil, age 33, was diagnosed with asthma at age 3. He is British Pakistani, single and works as a civil servant. Faisil's childhood and teenage years were difficult because having the condition sometimes set him apart from the other boys, particularly because he was unable to participate in sports. As an adult he has become more accepting of the condition and is able to self -manage his symptoms for most of the time, but there are aspects of having asthma that continue to impact negatively on his life.

  • Background

    Faisil, age 33, was diagnosed with asthma at age 3. He is British Pakistani, single and works as a civil servant. Faisil's childhood and teenage years were difficult because having...

  • Age at interview 33
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Philip

    Philip, age 32, was diagnosed with severe asthma at age 6. He is white Irish, single and works as a web developer. His asthma is generally only triggered by hay fever and so is usually at its worse during summer. He used to use preventative inhalers as well as antihistamine medication but as he got older he stopped taking regular medication and is generally symptom free. If he feels breathless or wheezy he uses ventolin.

  • Background

    Philip, age 32, was diagnosed with severe asthma at age 6. He is white Irish, single and works as a web developer. His asthma is generally only triggered by hay...

  • Age at interview 32
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Mary Z

    Mary, age 51, was diagnosed with severe asthma at age 7. She is white Irish, and has three adult children who live independently. She finds her asthma restrictive and tiring. She works as a part-time shop assistant and can work at a time of the day when she feels better. Mary has some concerns over her future living with asthma.

  • Background

    Mary, age 51, was diagnosed with severe asthma at age 7. She is white Irish, and has three adult children who live independently. She finds her asthma restrictive and tiring....

  • Age at interview 51
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Belinda

    Belinda, age 53, was diagnosed with asthma aged 1. She is white British, married and works as an actor and writer. She is also a Humanist Funeral Celebrant. Belinda has not had an asthma attack for ten years, but now has a condition with symptoms similar to those of asthma, called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA).

  • Background

    Belinda, age 53, was diagnosed with asthma aged 1. She is white British, married and works as an actor and writer. She is also a Humanist Funeral Celebrant. Belinda has...

  • Age at interview 53
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Mary Y

    Mary, age 73, was diagnosed with asthma at age 6. She is white British, widowed and lives alone. She has one adult son, and has worked in medical research and counselling. Mary says that asthma medication has improved a lot since she was a child. She finds swimming very helpful and goes twice a week. She feels it is important to focus on what you are able to do, rather than what you cannot.

  • Background

    Mary, age 73, was diagnosed with asthma at age 6. She is white British, widowed and lives alone. She has one adult son, and has worked in medical research and...

  • Age at interview 73
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Jan

    Jan, age 46, was diagnosed with asthma at age 4. She is white British, lives with her partner and works as a freelance Business Psychologist. Jan's childhood was disrupted by regular asthma attacks. As a young adult the symptoms lessened and she thought she had grown out of it', but in her mid 20's her asthma flared up again. Nowadays Jan feels able to manage her asthma effectively and although she occasionally has attacks, she feels that the preventative medication she takes regularly helps to keep things under control.

  • Background

    Jan, age 46, was diagnosed with asthma at age 4. She is white British, lives with her partner and works as a freelance Business Psychologist. Jan's childhood was disrupted by...

  • Age at interview 46
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Jane Z

    Jane, age 60, was diagnosed with asthma age 1 year old. She is white British, single and lives alone. She worked as a civil servant for many years but retired on medical grounds at age 50. She has recently started working as a part time administrator. Over the years Jane's life and opportunities have been restricted at times by her condition, although she is now much more able to manage the condition and has had periods where things have been relatively stable. Jane has what is known as catamenial asthma, which is related to the female hormones around the menstrual cycle, and also allergic asthma related primarily to dust.

  • Background

    Jane, age 60, was diagnosed with asthma age 1 year old. She is white British, single and lives alone. She worked as a civil servant for many years but retired...

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Chris

    Chris, age 59, was only 7 when she was diagnosed with asthma. She is white British and is married with two adult children. She is a retired teacher. After her first asthma attack at age 7, she had regular and frequent episodes of illness throughout her childhood which often resulted in absence from school. Her last really bad asthma attack was when she was about 28 and since the advent of newer and more effective treatments she has been very successful at managing the condition so that it doesn't restrict her life.

  • Background

    Chris, age 59, was only 7 when she was diagnosed with asthma. She is white British and is married with two adult children. She is a retired teacher. After her...

  • Age at interview 59
  • Sex/Gender Female