How do you explain your asthma to others?


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  • JuanE
    9 months ago

    My family have an idea of what asthma it but they don’t understant the severity at all. On october 2016 i get admitted on hospital because os my uncontrolled asthma. It was an emergency i i think that they get concious since that emergency. When they saw that i was unable to brathe properly an gasping for air, they move on fast and thank God, my dad get me on the car and we were able to reach the hospital fast enought. But i think that nobody really understand at all; with the exeption of those who also have asthma severe enought to know what is try to breath and no been able to do so beacause of an inflamation in the airways on bronchocostriction and mucus.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi Juan E – that must’ve been a frightening experience, for both you and your family. They must be more cognizant of your circumstances now and hopefully more understanding as well. You are certainly in the right place as we have an entire online community that understands asthma and what you are going through as well. You are always welcome here!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    It’s our pleasure, JuanE.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • JuanE
    9 months ago

    Thank you!

  • JudyWLaRocque46
    9 months ago

    My husband and twin sister understands but other family and friends don’t have a clue. I have severe asthma so I have to use my nebulizer every day and on bad weather days I stay home. I watch what I eat. I have had two family members who have died from asthma but I still get “its only asthma it’s not like cancer” How do you respond to that.?

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi JudyWLaRocque46 – we hear you. Others in our community have expressed similar sentiment to what you’re feeling and experiencing with your family and friends so you are not alone. I’m sure as you begin to navigate around our website and Facebook page, you will meet others who you can share your ideas with.
    I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article on the basics of asthma: https://asthma.net/basics/. Do you think this is something you’d be able to share with those who need to know more about what (your) living with asthma is all about?
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • WheezyMe
    10 months ago

    Usually I don’t have to explain- most people around me know what asthma is. Sometimes I have to explain it’s harder for me to breathe in the winter and when exercising, so I use an inhaler regularly and that’s it. I find it easier that my friends don’t make a big deal out of it.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi WheezyMe – I guess in some ways you are fortunate that your friends give you some ‘breathing room’. When we read what others have to say (above), you appear to be in a good situation with those around you.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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