lady using POWERbreathe IMT against a background of sky

In her own words, Poppy describes her diagnosis of severe and brittle asthma; how it affects her, including being ventilated four times; and her experience of training with her POWERbreathe Medic Plus IMT device.

What is Brittle Asthma?

This term describes severe asthma that is difficult to manage. People with this type of asthma find that their symptoms are harder to control, even though they may be taking high doses of medication. In fact, the Equality Act considers it a disability, because it is so serious and life-threatening.

Around one in four people with asthma in the UK will have this form of brittle asthma. And it can affect children as well as adults. This type of asthma is characterised by a wide variation of Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF), in spite of heavy doses of steroids.

Poppy has been building up her breathing muscles with her POWERbreathe Medic Plus and is generally feeling stronger, with less breathlessness overall, and is now able to do some fast-paced walking. She says,

“…breathing easier, it can only be beneficial, to, live the best possible life you can, no matter what you do or who you are.”


You can hear Poppy tell her story, in her own words, in this video below.

‘My Brittle Asthma’, by Poppy

Reduce Symptoms of Asthma

Research shows that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT), such as with POWERbreathe IMT, relieves symptoms of asthma by improving lung function. As a result, people with asthma are able to reduce their medication and number of hospitalisations.