Trekking to the summit of Mount Kenya
Exercise is one of my asthma triggers. However, I was keen to take part in our Trek for Kids to support our partnership with Save the Children. This involved nine months of training to get fit enough to climb Mount Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa.
Following discussions with my doctor I found that taking an extra dose of reliever before exercise helped me keep my asthma under control and I managed to walk, cycle, run and swim to a new level in order to get fit enough to tackle such a physical challenge.
With altitude issues due to the thin air as a constant worry, I spoke to the GSK medical team to ensure it would be safe to embark on the challenge. With my medication, I had no more issues from a respiratory perspective than any of the other trekkers. I made sure I had all the medication I needed with me, and on the morning of 3 March 2017 I made it to the summit along with 35 other colleagues. An incredible personal achievement, thanks in part to the medicines that keep my asthma in check.