I'm happy to join the AsthmaCentral.com team! Asthma is a health condition that has affected me personally throughout my life, and has lately become my professional mission as well.
I've had asthma most of my life, though I wasn't really diagnosed until I was a young, married adult, living in a new area of the country from where I grew up. Growing up in western New York state, I always had eczema and nasal allergies. And sometimes, especially during exertion when playing outside on cold days, I would wheeze and cough as well. But my wheezing spells never lasted too long and always went away on their own, with a bit of rest.
I guess asthma wasn't front and center even in the consciousness of medical professionals back in the 60s, when I was growing up. And, truthfully, my symptoms didn't really interfere with my life all that much.
But, in my early 20s, I moved to southern NJ, an area filled with all sorts of asthma and allergy triggers, and my symptoms increased significantly, to the point where I had to consult an allergist for diagnosis and treatment. For the first time, I heard the word "asthma" in reference to how I was feeling. Turns out, I had moved to one of the worst places in the country for people with asthma, in terms of a long growing season, plenty of humidity, and a fair amount of air pollution.
Since that diagnosis, I spent a lot of time learning about asthma and allergies and how to manage them. I'm fortunate in that my asthma has never required me to be hospitalized and, though persistent, is just classified as mild to moderate. But it has interfered with my active lifestyle at times, so I have a solid understanding of the challenges of living with asthma.
As a health professional (registered nurse), I have spent my entire career teaching people how to manage their health so that they can live healthy, happy, productive lives, despite any challenges they might be dealing with.
In the last few years, I've been writing health education content for a number of allergy and asthma websites, including http://www.RhinocortAqua.com, http://www.EverydayKidz.com, and About.com. I really enjoy taking medical information and morphing it into language that anyone can understand. My goal is to give you the tools you need to succeed at living well with asthma.
I hope you'll join me in continuing to learn about this disease and how to manage it.
Published On: March 08, 2007