My Lung Letter
I’m Lord Seb Coe – you may know me best as a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the man who led London’s successful 2012 Olympics bid, but what you probably don’t know is that I’ve suffered from asthma throughout my life. This is my lung letter.
I’ve never allowed asthma to define me, it’s just one part of who I am. When my daughter was diagnosed with chronic asthma, we were determined that she would lead a normal life, thanks to the support of our family doctor and the asthma nurse we were able to make changes where necessary but never allowing her life to be defined by her asthma.
Watch the video to find out more about my story.
Symptoms & Triggers
We all suffer differently, but by recognising my symptoms and triggers and those of my daughter, it empowered us to take control of the situation. We’ve made changes to avoid triggers and adapted certain areas of our lives, but ultimately it hasn’t held us back, and that is what has been so important.
To learn more about how I coped with my asthma triggers during my athletic career and the years that followed, watch the video.
Health and Well-being
It won’t surprise you to know that I’m a big advocate of physical exercise, within the remits of your medical advice. I truly believe that movement in whatever form, is incredibly important.
Watch the video to find out more about how my daughter and I keep active while remaining mindful of our asthma.
As an athlete, you are your toughest opponent; you’re always challenging yourself to do better, to overcome obstacles in the pursuit of success. As an athlete with asthma, I may have faced more challenges than my counterparts, but I never let it hold me back. With careful management and awareness of my vulnerabilities, I was able to achieve my potential.
If anything, my condition and the challenges I faced as an athlete in the 1980s has spurred me on to ensure that the athletes of tomorrow are not training in environments that are detrimental to their health. Improving air quality is a huge priority for me, as we look to make the environment better for future generations.
Find out more about some of my biggest challenges and why I’m passionate about improving air quality around the world, by watching the video.
Whether it’s embarking on an Olympic dream or managing your asthma, it’s vital to surround yourself with the right people along the way. Support networks are incredibly important, and you should never face your asthma journey alone.
Find out more about the role support networks have played in mine and my daughter’s asthma journey by watching the video.
I’m committed to demonstrating that asthma shouldn’t define your life.
If you feel inspired by my story and want to start a new challenge in your life, always remember to seek the advice of your doctor or asthma nurse as a first step.
With that in mind, I’m setting a challenge for celebrity chef and fellow ambassador Nadiya Hussain.
Watch the video to see my challenge to Nadiya.