A Lytham St Anne’s Grandmother, Maxine Bradley, 78, has been featured in the Daily Express after alleviating her asthma symptoms by learning to play the clarinet. Maxine, who has suffered with asthma for more than 50 years, took up the clarinet on the recommendation of a doctor friend. In an attempt to ease her symptoms she has previously tried cycling, swimming and yoga– all to no avail. But her journey to asthma relief truly began when husband, Tony (81) bought her a clarinet for her 77th birthday in February 2019. Now, after a year of lessons at Blackpool Music Academy, she no longer has to gasp for air and her breathing has really improved.
Maxine, who is enjoying life as a retired teacher, told the Daily Express, ‘I can’t believe how much better I feel. It is the first time I have been wheeze-free for years. I said to my teacher, ‘I’m not a musician and I don’t really know anything about music’. I never would have thought that at 78 I would be blowing a clarinet. But within eight weeks my teacher had got me playing a tune – not very well, but I could play a song.” Maxine continued, “I’m sure it is the breathing control that helps because you are breathing from lower down. I honestly think if I’d have taken it up at 27, instead of leaving it this long, it would have helped me so much more. But nobody suggested it.”
Maxine, has three children and three grandchildren, and she is currently shielding at her home – whilst playing her clarinet each day!