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When I was 44 years old, asthma hit me like a freight train, and I am still on the train. I have severe persistent asthma, an on Dulera and Flovent, and often require oral or IV steroids. I now find it difficult to do many things I used to love, like hiking and backpacking. However, I always think about people who cannot afford treatment for their asthma, and am grateful I can afford treatment. It has been life-changing, but I have learned a lot along the way.

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  • Richard Faust
    2 years ago

    Thanks for writing KathiCRNP. You mention some of the things you now find difficult to do. Sometimes with asthma it can be difficult to figure out what is normal. As this article from one of our experts on what is normal notes “the goals for asthma therapy are clear. Lung function that is as near to normal as possible, while being on the least amount of medication to keep our asthma well controlled, and the ability to participate in physical activity.”

    The article goes on to offer steps on how to improve the normal. Thanks for being part of the community and keep us posted on how you are doing. Richard ( Team)

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, KathiCRNP. It takes a toll when we can’t do everything we once did – but I love your attitude! I too feel terrible for people in the position of having to choose between rent and eating or getting their medication – if they can even do that.

    Sometimes the lessons we learn from what we go through in life are the best ones! They certainly can make us better people.

    Thank you again for sharing that part of yourself.

    Lyn (moderator)

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