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What’s your story?

At we believe that we are stronger together than we are alone. Living with asthma can be a challenge, but the more we share and support one another, the better off we will be. Whether it’s your own story of how you manage asthma as well as manage complications, to tips on nutrition, we want to hear from you!

So please submit your own personal story about asthma here, and check back often to read about how others are living with (or even struggling with) the condition. You will need to log in or register to be able to submit your story. We hope that these stories become a source of inspiration and support for our community.

Please be sure to read our story submission guidelines.


  • cathie
    11 months ago

    Almost 40 years ago when my lifelong asthma was finally correctly diagnosed, it was completely out of control even with multiple medications. What helped me turn the corner and get my asthma somewhat under control was identifying one of my biggest triggers: the food preservative sodium benzoate…not only is it found in a wide variety of foods but is also present in many medications. Other preservatives are not as strong a trigger but when I don’t avoid them it builds up to an attack as well. I have shared this info with other asthmatics and it has proved to be a trigger for them as well.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Cathie and thanks so much for responding to this question from 2015. We appreciate your candor. It’s interesting to hear that you discovered this particular trigger 40 years ago and have been successfully managing your condition ever since. As you pointed out, I am aware (professionally) of many asthmatics who share this trigger with you. It can be quite common. Keep up the good work! Leon (site moderator)

  • Christine.Fitzpatrick moderator
    11 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the community, @cathie! I am so glad you were able to identify what triggers your asthma. I hope you are doing well now! Best, Christine, Team Member

  • Rev T J Carter
    3 years ago

    I did not have Asthma as child but got it later in life at thirty years of age. I had what I thought was just a chest cold 3 days prior to going to the ER. I was mowing my yard on a riding mower and I started have problems breathing. Went to the ER and they said I have Asthma. Gave me a breathing treatment and sent me home. No inhaler was prescribed so I used Primateen mist for about a month. I then seen my regular Doctor and he put me on a inhaler. I was referred to a Asthma Specialist. I had worked in the fire service and EMS many years. I am now taking Advair 500/50 dry inhaler and Pro Air Click which in my opinion works better than the regular Pro Air inhaler. I am now 60 yrs old do it has been a 30 year battle. I have moderate Asthma.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    It’s our pleasure, Astrid. As Rebecca said, we’re glad you took the time to comment.
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Astrid
    3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this.

  • Rebecca Braglio
    3 years ago

    Thanks for commenting!

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