Stigma of Having Asthma- Is It Gone Now?
I grew up in the 50s and 60s and spent much of the time trying to hide my asthma (which was severe, so it wasn't easy). No one else I knew had asthma, except some family members. The going theory at that time was that asthma was psychosomatic- it was all in your head! Even one of my grandmothers thought that. It has taken me a long time to admit in public that I have asthma because of this. I started talking about it because so many more children are diagnosed with asthma now. I want parents of children to know there is good treatment and controlling medications now, so their kids don't have to be in and out of the emergency room so often, but also how dangerous it is to ignore.
I just wondered if anyone else experienced the "shame" of asthma growing up?
Do you feel a stigma with asthma?
Have you experienced a collapsed lung?