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I Used to Hate the Winter

My asthma is pretty much under control now, but it wasn’t for most of my life. I’m 35, and I remember always being the sick kid, especially during the winter. My best friend across the street would come by to ask me to play in the snow, and I couldn’t because I just struggled so much with breathing outdoors during the colder weather.

As an adult, I developed a resentment for winter. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I found myself explaining what those long winter weekends were like as an 8-year-old who just wanted to go outside and play and couldn’t. I wrote short stories, illustrated mini fiction books, and took as many naps as I could squeeze into the day. It was always more difficult to breathe at night.

It’s easy to forget when you’re doing so well. But I could write 1,000 stories about my experiences with asthma now that I’ve jogged my memory.

Tell your asthma story here.

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  • PeteP
    2 months ago

    Here in Vancouver, Canada, the winters are cool (5 celsius) and very, very wet. December and January are traditionally my worst months for my asthma/emphysema symptoms. I’m now on year 3 of using Zenhale every morning (with Combivent as my rescue inhaler), and so far this winter my symptoms aren’t bad at all. Yet. Fingers crossed!

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 months ago

    Hi PeteP, and thanks for joining in the conversation here in regards to Samantha’s article on asthma and winter. Thank you, too, for sharing the success you’re having using these medications with the community. I sure hope this all continues positively for you as the winter months continue. We appreciate your feedback. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    5 months ago

    Hi SamanthaCosta, and thanks for sharing your lifetime asthma experiences with our online community.
    We look forward to hearing more from you here should you have the inclination.
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

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