My name is Joan McGoran and I have been attending The Oxygen Therapy Centre at Magheramourne for 5 years. I have brittle asthma and C.O.P.D. I have had this illness for most of my adult life. Before I started going to the Oxygen Therapy Centre, I was on a lot of medication and had suffered with side effects from my medication. I was on large quantities of steroids. Then there was antibiotics as well. I remember reading a leaflet about the Oxygen Therapy. I thought I would give it a try. I came out and had a trial in the tank and it was ok for me. I then had 20 sessions all together. That was the start of me going once a week. If I find my asthma is getting worse, then I would come twice a week.
Since I started using the Oxygen Therapy, I have been able to reduce my intake of steroids and antibiotics. I sometimes come in and can find my breathing quite difficult. After an oxygen session I can breathe without any problem. If I miss a session one week, I know the difference. My chest becomes tighter and breathing can be restricted.
Personally speaking, the Oxygen Therapy Centre for me has been a life saver. I have a better quality of life and my steroids have been greatly reduced from eight steroids a day for sometimes more than a week down to one a day and no antibiotics. I would say this for me is a success. I cannot begin to praise the Oxygen Therapy enough. I would encourage anyone to give it a try. There are a lot of other health issues that the Oxygen Therapy can help so I would say come try it.