What is it like to live with Asthma? Students share their experiences in their own words.
SHARP students share what it is like to live with asthma using written expressions. Their stories are read aloud to classmates during the last session and some are selected for the website.
I was Born with Asthma
My parents told me when I was 4 years old that I was born with asthma.
They said I may have inherited the gene from my day who also has asthma. Now when I play sports I have to stop and use my inhaler. Sometimes when it’s very cold outside, it is hard to breathe. When my mom and dad put on cologne or perfume I have to go to another room because it starts to bother me. I use a pillow protector, it helps me sleep.
How Asthma Affects Me!!
I am a cheerleader and we have to jog for 2 miles so I told my coach.
One way to stay healthy when you have asthma is to clean my room so dust mites won’t try to give you an episode. Another way to good care of your self is by taking your inhaler and drinking warm liquids.
When you take care of your asthma you would not notice as many symptoms.
Make sure you tell an adult that you have asthma, like a teacher. If you have an episode you have to get someone’s attention to tell, an adult to go and hurry to tell. These are things I learned from SHARP.
Mostly Good News about Asthma
Asthma might not be fun at times, but there are some fun things you can do to help yourself.
Here is the good news. If you have a doctor’s note and are thirteen years old, you can use the steam bath at the Y or a spa to reduce your mucus and help you breathe.
Also you can use inhaler medication to help when you exercise, sleep, go to the gym, and play.
Now there’s some not-so-good news. It can be disappointing when you want to do something fun, and you have symptoms … like, it might be hard to do 5Ks or distance swimming.
The best news is you can do many things (once your asthma is controlled) -even skydiving!
Asthma is OK, It Doesn’t Get in the Way
Asthma, for me, is OK. It doesn’t get in the way. The only thing is that I lose my breath easily when I run, so I can’t run for a long time with my friends. It’s hard to catch up with my basketball team. When I start to walk, it slows down my team. But I never stop playing.
Having asthma never stopped me from playing sports, and it should not stop other people with asthma either. You should never stop or give up.
When I was learning how to play basketball, I was really bad. My brother would always win when we played one on one. I never gave up. After one year, I beat my brother in a game. I felt so happy. This is why I never give up.
SHARP Should Be For Everyone, All Over the World
My feeling about asthma is that I hate it because it doesn’t let me do what I want. But I still can do many things; I always control my asthma by taking my quick relief inhaler or fast-acting inhaler. I really don’t like getting sick because people that have asthma get sick 10 times worse than normal people. That is why I try to stay healthy. Oh, by the way, I wasn’t trying to make you scared. SHARP should be required for all ages, all over the world. I really like SHARP; that’s how I learned how to control asthma. All the time, almost every day!
My Dad Signed Me Up For SHARP
Asthma is hard to take care of because you will have to look around the house to find mold and clean it up. You can find mold in a bathroom or by a window.
Mold affects my asthma. It stuffs up my nose and then it is hard to breath.
When my grandma and grandpa have a bonfire I always cough because of the smoke. When people in my family smoke I cough a lot.
When my dad signed the paper for me to come to the SHARP classes, I got so excited that I was going to know more about asthma.
Me, My Dad, and Asthma
I have had trouble with sleeping. When I was eight, I took two puffs of my inhaler before I went to bed. I also take a pill called Singulair to help me sleep.
I have a good sleep. Sometimes when I wake up, and my Dad hasn’t got me up yet, I jump up, make my eyelids pop out and scare him. He jumps! Then he says, “I’ll get you for that!”
Before I go to school, I take a pill, but that pill is supposed to help me pay attention. I think it helps my asthma too.
I play basketball and football. I would like to play soccer and baseball too. Sometimes I get out of breath when I run up and down the court. I just sit down and rest for awhile.
Because I haven’t had any recent episodes, I think my asthma is under control. If I have problems, I will let my Mom know so she can call my doctor.
Two Haiku Poems about Asthma
I live with asthma;
I hate living with asthma.
I wish it away!
I live with asthma;
It keeps me from running fast.
It’s hard to do sports.
SHARP Helped Me Learn How to Live with Asthma
The way I live with my asthma is by watching the way I play. I have to take care of myself by eating healthy. I wash my sheets with warm water to keep the dust mites out. I make sure I drink lots of water when I play. Asthma cannot be grown out. You may think you can grow out of it. It will still be there. If you are diagnosed with asthma it is no one’s fault. But there is a way to take care of it. It is how you play and run.