Asthma: Monica’s Story

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , /

My name is Monica. I’m 17. I just graduated high school. I’ve had asthma since I was 14. Asthma’s not a big deal as
long as you take your medicine. Because I play basketball,
softball, I run, and I lift weights, I have
to take my maintenance twice a day– once in
the morning and once before I go to bed. And sometimes I forget if
I’m running late for school or if I’m really tired. When I don’t take my
medicines, it’s easier for me to get an attack. My chest gets tight and
it’s hard for me to breathe. Whenever I leave
the house, I make sure I have my inhaler
and my spacer with me. I take my medicines everywhere,
even when I go bowling. I make sure that
the people around me know what to do in case I
have an attack– to help me. I’m going off to
college, and I’m not too worried about asthma
as long as I stay on top of it. And nobody’s going to be around
to tell me take my medicines. So I have to take
more responsibility to remind myself. And I’m not going to
let it affect my life.

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