Patient Voices #BreathlessNotVoiceless

Catherine Makin

“Having a job is very important to me”

Catherine was diagnosed with PH in 2014 and has had to adapt to her new life.

“Emotionally, some days I will feel fine but other days I don’t want to get out of bed. I do have off days where I’ll sit and cry because I don’t know what the outcome will be.

Since being diagnosed with PH I’ve learned to toughen up and be positive when I think there is something I can’t do.

I became an auntie a year ago and it upsets me that I can’t run around after my niece or walk the dog like I used to. But I’ve found hobbies, such as cross stitch and reading, that make me feel better.

My job (as a nursery nurse) is also very important to me because it gets me out of the house and socialising with colleagues at work. It gives me something else to talk about, that’s not just my illness.”