My Lung Letter
My name is Stuart Broad, and I’ve been fortunate enough to make my passion my profession by being an England international cricketer since 2006. Every detail of my career is there for anyone to see, but what you probably don’t know is that like millions of others in the UK, I suffer from asthma. This is my lung letter.
Asthma has been a part of my life from a young age. I have grown to deal with it and see it as part of who I am today, but it’s not always been that way. It’s been a journey. My asthma could have easily set me onto a different career path, but I refused to let it define me. I learnt to manage my condition, taking it in my stride like a step in my bowling run-up and now I’m proud to say I’m defined by my dreams, not by my asthma.
Watch the video to find out more about my asthma story.
Symptoms & Triggers
Having suffered with asthma from a young age, I’ve constantly been learning how to recognise my symptoms and triggers. As I’ve got older and more experienced, I’ve developed ways to deal with these, whether I’m just at home or bowling for England.
Cold weather, high humidity or even heavy pollution are all triggers I’ve learned to deal with. Whether I’m gearing up for a run on a frosty Nottinghamshire morning, or in the middle of a Test Series in India, I’ve learned to recognise and manage my triggers with methods that I’ve honed over many years.
To find out more about how I identify and manage my triggers, especially whilst bowling, watch my video.
I’m not afraid or ashamed of my asthma. It's part of who I am and I share it openly, but I’ve not always felt that way. I know stigma exists around the condition and it’s something I certainly felt when I was much younger, but I want that feeling to be a thing of the past.
No-one should be embarrassed by their condition and as I’ve got older my outlook on my asthma has changed significantly. I no longer feel that stigma and the first step to getting there was sharing with those close to me.
To learn more about how I’ve changed my mindset on the stigmas surrounding asthma, watch the video.