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Monday, August 11, 2014

Women Breathe Free Program

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So, how many women take care of themselves? Like most moms, it seems like I am so busy taking care of everyone else, that I don't take care of myself. And that can include not taking care of my asthma.

Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) has a FREE program for women 18 and older aimed at helping us take care of our asthma.
(Don't's confidential - so you won't have to give them any personal information.) It's called Women Breathe Free 

What does the program do?

It can help us deal with problems that may cause our asthma to flare up, such as:

menstrual cycle
 being exposed to things that cause an asthma attack 
not taking asthma medicine 

You will get to talk to a nurse educator for 4 sessions (when it fits into YOUR schedule). You will also get a workbook to try to track what it causing your asthma to flare up, what to do to keep it under control and how to track your symptoms.

Sometimes, it's hard to tell what causes an asthma attack. Other times, I know EXACTLY what is triggering an asthma attack (someone's perfume, dry erase markers, cleaning sprays, cold air, etc)

Interested? You can email them at 
call the Allergy and Asthma Network at 800-878-4403

If any of you try it, let me know what you think! :)


  1. Have you seen express scrips has changed their covered alternatives again!!! They're covering advair again! Although symbicort seems to work fine for me

    1. Interesting, it's hard to keep up sometimes. I have a good pharmacist that will let me know alternatives when my medicine is too expensive. Sigh.

    2. The only laba steroid combo that's not covered now is breo ellipta and the only plain steroid inhaler not covered is alvesco.

  2. I wish a lot initiative like that would be in Europe. In Poland this part of health care is little neglected, despite the fact, that circa 10% Polish people is asthmatics.
    A lot of fine activities are in some ex-Yugoslav countries, like Serbia - in Serbia unofficially they write, that circa 16% of Serbian children has asthma (nobody knows, how many adults...). I don't know how it looks in Bosnia, where I have part of my family, but they also talk, that asthma is common disease among Serbs. It's effect of large industry in former Yugoslavia - war in years 1992-1995 destroyed most industry, so air is clean :) And it is probably the only good side of this war...

    1. So sorry Zim. I have to say that I am lucky to live in America. We love our freedom and choices here.

      War is awful, and it never seems to end...

    2. Yes, I agree with You - this was irony in my last post (as tell it one Serb from Bosnia). We - Polish people - have war near our borders in Ukraine, but media don't tell us a lot.

      According to Serbian initiatives: I read last time about Belgrade maratone with 100 asthmatics - young and... Elder :) I think it is interesting.

    3. Thanks for the history lesson!! I love learning about history

  3. I'm a medical librarian and came across the WebMD Allergy app today; I immediately thought of you. Have you used this app?

    1. Hi Tara, thanks for stopping by!

      Yes, I have seen the app. I'm not what you would call tech-savvy. We have a local allergy office that posts pollen count every day, so I usually check that online.

      But, this app would be easier for most people. Thanks for sharing! :)