Thank you for taking the time to read my story
I am Kristine Reilly, I live in Northumberland with my 2 daughters and it is because of them that I have managed to achieve what I have today.
In 2005 my eldest daughter was diagnosed with Asthma., after years of hospital admissions, steroids, inhalers and not one specialist referral we just lived with it. looking back at family videos and photos I can now see that she was always struggling to breath but unfortunately I did not have the knowledge or the experience that I have now, I honestly did not have a clue about asthma or how dangerous it is.
After studying midwifery and working within the NHS for over 6 years I had to make the decision due to my daughters condition to cease my training and move closer to family for support, so in 2012 we started our new life in Northumberland.
Within 6 months of moving to Northumberland my daughters condition became life threatening, little did I know that it had always been life threatening and she was diagnosed with severe asthma. We spent the first 5 years of our new life fighting for her life and what a fight it was, a fight that we should never of had to go through
I began to consider and discuss with Doctors and Housing Professionals that it was more than likely our indoor environment that was causing such severe exacerbations of her asthma., as no other triggers could b found at the time. So I set out to prove it, I could not sit back and watch my daughter suffer any longer, we could not live in fear of her death every single day because of a lack of knowledge and experience.
Alongside the Specialist Paediatric Respiratory Team at The Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne, I started my journey to Healthy Homes and Beyond, I just didn't know it yet!!
I educated myself on asthma, gained specialist asthma training for schools in the area we live and became an editor on the beatasthma.org website, helping families going through similar issues, I trained to be an expert Damp, Mould and Timber Surveyor, running Damp Detectives North East England and Scotland, while expanding my knowledge and experience in Indoor air Quality (IAQ). I have helped many families already with underlying health conditions to have a healthy home.
The struggle is real, I am here, my daughter is still here and we are making progress every single day after the trauma we were made to live through .
Your indoor environment could be affecting your health, or your families, let me help.