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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

World Asthma Day!

 (http://ginasthma.org/wad/)

Do you have asthma? If so, you are not alone! There are over 334 million people world wide who have asthma! 

I have asthma, as do all three of my children (well.....both of my sons are adults and my daughter is a teenager, so I guess they don't fit the "children" category anymore!)
 
Asthma is different for everyone. In our family, it led to a career change for me. My first Bachelor's Degree was in Interior Design (I still get excited when I walk into a furniture store.....) but I went back to school to get another bachelor's degree so I can help other families learn more about asthma. I wish I would have had someone to help us when my kids were diagnosed 16 years ago. I know that we made a LOT of mistakes!
 
For some people, asthma is not that bad and they may only use their inhaler once a year. For others, they have a tough time!  My kids were hospitalized 12 times and my son almost died twice. I HATE asthma. And pneumonia! And forest fires. 
 
How much do you know about asthma? I didn't know anything when my kids were diagnosed. 
Webmd has a helpful site, called "Understanding Asthma - the Basics." Right above that title is a "pair of headphones." If you click on that, it will read the page for you! There is also a  helpful slide show on the page (just click on the blue start arrow.)

There are a LOT of asthma books for kids on Amazon. Or you can also download a copy of "Understanding Asthma" from the Allergy & Asthma Network. They are a GREAT resource!
 
 There are also videos on Youtube. Everyone learns differently. The important thing is just for you to learn about asthma and how it affects you. Learn what triggers or causes asthma attacks. Learn when to see a doctor and when to change your medicine. 

Think your asthma is okay? Take the Asthma Control Test and find out!  I just read an study that showed that many people THINK their asthma is under control, when it's actually not.

Life is good! Let's breathe well and enjoy life!
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care. - See more at: http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/about/#sthash.GGdaLlUF.dpuf
 
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care. - See more at: http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/about/#sthash.GGdaLlUF.dpuf
 
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care. - See more at: http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/about/#sthash.GGdaLlUF.dpuf

3 comments:

  1. Hello!

    One, I just wanted to say thank you for blogging how you do. I know that you are making a difference in others lives when you post about all you're doing.

    I'm reaching out to you because I am an intern for a new and emerging asthma edtech company called Control A+. For the past four years they have researched with at least 20 of the top asthma educators and doctors to come up with an environmental and education product to help those suffering with asthma to help better manage and treat. One of my favorite aspects is that the device is synced with an app that is real time for the doctors as well. So they can measure when the medicine is taken, etc, and then all the data goes into a big research database to continue to help gain research to come closer to finding a cure. I don't know if I explained it very well, but as I've interned with them, I've really seen how much of a difference it could make.

    I just wanted to reach out to you to see if you wouldn't mind researching and looking at all we offer and then to write a post about us on your blog. We have an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to start the production of our products, and we need help from awesome people like you to spread the word and help us make this a reality.

    Here are a couple of our websites to look at and see what you think:

    www.controlaplus.com --This is specifically about our product and what we offer

    www.cureasthma2020.org --This is our social site where we are getting people to join
    together in the fight against asthma to find a cure.

    Our FB pages: Crowd Cure Asthma 2020 and Control A Plus

    We also have a Twitter account: @cureasthma2020 and @controlAplus

    Our Instagram account is probably my favorite. It is @facesofasthma and we invite people to post their stories about their asthma (or someone who has asthma ) and how they are overcoming it and living their lives inspire of it. If anything, we would love to see your story up there to inspire others.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Just let me know if you're willing to do this, and if not no problem or pressure.

    Thank you so much! Keep up all your inspiring words. I know you're making a difference in your kids lives as well.

    Chelsey
    chelseylbaker@gmail.com

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  2. Look up vlad the inhaler if you haven't already. #itainteasybeingwheezy

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    1. Oh.....that is seriously funny!!

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