The Waikite Valley wife-and-mother says becoming part of a group was one of the best things she got from the programme.
“I live on a farm in a country area so there’s not many people around to talk to, and it creates a sense of isolation. I found the programme really uplifting and helpful with my shyness. I felt comfortable because I was with people who had similar health issues and it was an atmosphere where I felt I could belong.”
Before the Whaimua programme, Nicola suffered shortness of breath, lack of energy, and didn’t want to do things in fear of bringing on an asthma attack. She’s now interested in trying new things, such as tai chi, and is keen to continue with the next programme and learning more ways to improve the overall health within her home.
“I used to have to use my inhaler and I’d feel vulnerable. But now, the more exercise I do the better my breathing is becoming. I feel more confident to go out and do things. Before I would only walk, whereas through the programme I’ve had to use bikes, rowing machines, and a lot of other equipment I wouldn’t have known how to use before.”
Nicola’s husband, Michael, says she’s a lot more outgoing now, while daughter Eilish says her mother’s been a lot happier and energetic.