My Story...Ray Joyce

This story is a great example of how invaluable the Asthma Societies services are to our members, and to communities around the country

Ray Joyce

 

This story begins in October 2011 when Ray’s 3 year old daughter Jazmin began displaying asthma related symptoms. From this time, and right through winter, Jazmin spent many of her nights awake due to high temperature, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing as well as vomiting up mucus. This was happening almost every night and as such was extremely worrying for both her parents. As neither Jazmin nor her parents were getting a restful night’s sleep, this in turn affected Jazmin’s school attendance. According research carried out by the Asthma Society, it found that children who have asthma miss an average of 10 school days per year.

“I was very concerned that neither my wife or I and especially Jazmin were getting a restful sleep, which resulted in Jazmin missing a lot of school and my wife and I unable to function at one hundred percent throughout the day”

After several visits to their local GP, Jazmin was diagnosed with multiple chest infections as well as suffering from post-nasal drip, and Ray was assured by their GP that his daughter would grow out of it. Unsatisfied with this diagnosis, Ray began to do his own research.

“I was not happy with the situation and I started to research myself and found most of the symptoms were associated with asthma”

Through his research, Ray discovered the Asthma Society and learned about all the services we have to offer, for free. After a number of GP visits, learning about our asthma mobile clinics gave Ray some relief. He could receive a second opinion from a specialist for his daughter and without any charge. However, when he visited the asthma mobile clinic, something unexpected happened.

“I took Jazmin to a mobile Asthma Society clinic in a local community centre. This turned out to be a life saving decision! I was asked to take the breathing test to encourage the children not to be scared. However, my test showed up some irregularities. The results showed I was at high risk of suffering from sleep-apnea”

The Asthma Societies clinics have proven to be a life-saving service, especially to Ray, and countless others across the country. After visiting the mobile clinic, Ray was referred to Peamount Hospital for further testing, and was diagnosed with sleep-apnea. Since being diagnosed, Ray is so grateful for the Asthma Society and the services we provide.

“I was diagnosed with sleep-apnea and treated right away. My quality of life has improved greatly since my treatment, and more importantly, my life expectancy has increased. Undiagnosed sleep-apnea can result in strokes, heart attack and death”

“I will always be indebted to the Asthma Society for saving my life”

Ray was not the only one to benefit from the Asthma Societies mobile clinic. After being tested at the clinic, Jazmin was prescribed inhalers which helped alleviate her attacks in the interim, and was giving a referral letter to undergo further testing with a respiratory specialist. After meeting with the specialist, she was prescribed with more personalised treatment and her family has never looked back since.

“Over the last 3 months, Jazmin has had no attacks, we are all now sleeping well and Jazmin has not missed a day of school due to asthma”

Thankfully, this story is one of the many success stories from those who have benefited from our services. We hope to continue to provide these services to many more asthma patients and their families across the country. Currently there are 470,000 people across Ireland who have asthma, however we have found that asthma does not just affect the person with asthma, it is a condition which impacts on family, friends and loved ones also, and the Asthma Society is there to provide services to both asthma patients, and their loved ones. Ray’s story is a perfect example of this.

“We are very grateful for the Asthma Society, especially their mobile clinics. We are happy to support the Asthma Society every month and urge everyone to give a little as it helps a lot, especially if you have a family member, relative, close friend or neighbour who suffers this life threatening condition. The Asthma Society saved my life, next time it could be someone you care about”

If you would like to donate to the Asthma Society of Ireland, or become a member, please visit our website at www.asthma.ie/donate/

 

This story begins in October 2011 when Ray’s 3 year old daughter Jazmin began displaying asthma related symptoms. From this time, and right through winter, Jazmin spent many of her nights awake due to high temperature, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing as well as vomiting up mucus. This was happening almost every night and as such was extremely worrying for both her parents. As neither Jazmin nor her parents were getting a restful night’s sleep, this in turn affected Jazmin’s school attendance. According research carried out by the Asthma Society, it found that children who have asthma miss an average of 10 school days per year.

“I was very concerned that neither my wife or I and especially Jazmin were getting a restful sleep, which resulted in Jazmin missing a lot of school and my wife and I unable to function at one hundred percent throughout the day”

After several visits to their local GP, Jazmin was diagnosed with multiple chest infections as well as suffering from post-nasal drip, and Ray was assured by their GP that his daughter would grow out of it. Unsatisfied with this diagnosis, Ray began to do his own research.

“I was not happy with the situation and I started to research myself and found most of the symptoms were associated with asthma”

Through his research, Ray discovered the Asthma Society and learned about all the services we have to offer, for free. After a number of GP visits, learning about our asthma mobile clinics gave Ray some relief. He could receive a second opinion from a specialist for his daughter and without any charge. However, when he visited the asthma mobile clinic, something unexpected happened.

“I took Jazmin to a mobile Asthma Society clinic in a local community centre. This turned out to be a life saving decision! I was asked to take the breathing test to encourage the children not to be scared. However, my test showed up some irregularities. The results showed I was at high risk of suffering from sleep-apnea”

The Asthma Societies clinics have proven to be a life-saving service, especially to Ray, and countless others across the country. After visiting the mobile clinic, Ray was referred to Peamount Hospital for further testing, and was diagnosed with sleep-apnea. Since being diagnosed, Ray is so grateful for the Asthma Society and the services we provide.

“I was diagnosed with sleep-apnea and treated right away. My quality of life has improved greatly since my treatment, and more importantly, my life expectancy has increased. Undiagnosed sleep-apnea can result in strokes, heart attack and death”

“I will always be indebted to the Asthma Society for saving my life”

Ray was not the only one to benefit from the Asthma Societies mobile clinic. After being tested at the clinic, Jazmin was prescribed inhalers which helped alleviate her attacks in the interim, and was giving a referral letter to undergo further testing with a respiratory specialist. After meeting with the specialist, she was prescribed with more personalised treatment and her family has never looked back since.

“Over the last 3 months, Jazmin has had no attacks, we are all now sleeping well and Jazmin has not missed a day of school due to asthma”

Thankfully, this story is one of the many success stories from those who have benefited from our services. We hope to continue to provide these services to many more asthma patients and their families across the country. Currently there are 470,000 people across Ireland who have asthma, however we have found that asthma does not just affect the person with asthma, it is a condition which impacts on family, friends and loved ones also, and the Asthma Society is there to provide services to both asthma patients, and their loved ones. Ray’s story is a perfect example of this.

“We are very grateful for the Asthma Society, especially their mobile clinics. We are happy to support the Asthma Society every month and urge everyone to give a little as it helps a lot, especially if you have a family member, relative, close friend or neighbour who suffers this life threatening condition. The Asthma Society saved my life, next time it could be someone you care about”

If you would like to donate to the Asthma Society of Ireland, or become a member, please visit our website at www.asthma.ie/donate/