March 31, 2014

Bryan Clift

Hello! Bryan Clift is my name, the whole of my working life was spent in private enterprise toiling in manufacturing and consultancy, in both wholesale and retail fields until 1991 when I was diagnosed with severe angina followed by heart surgery, and the end to working in gainful employment. I was then in my 64th year.It was while I was in the Navy in 1945 that I took my first cigarette and then smoked for the next 30+ years and kicked the habit more than 30 years ago but was not excluded from COPD, first diagnosed 1994 as asthma then in 1998 confirmed Emphysema.Like most of us I wrestled with breathlessness, medication and infection until I attended a Pulmonary Rehab. course. GP’s and specialists are generally working against the clock, therefore they are unable to educate each and every patient and that is where Rehabilitation Programs fill the void. I found the Pulmonary Rehab Program interesting, full of information and practical knowledge to help me understand the many uncertainties which had arisen during the 4 years prior. For instance, medications, the anxiety, exercising effectively and the mechanics of breathing, also what causes our breathlessness and how to self manage and monitor one’s day-to-day health.I will celebrate my 81st birthday this October, to do that I have practiced the teachings of rehabilitations, followed medical instructions and have continued to exercise at a nearby gym twice a week and walk a couple of time weekly, tend the garden and cut the lawns.

I enjoy the challenge of working with and helping others both physically and to establish pathways to regain fitness and the best possible quality of life.

Bryan Clift