Can You Really Live a Normal Life With Asthma?

by John Bottrell Health Professional

Asthma experts often say, I often say, that if you become a gallant asthmatic you can live a normal life.
Often, though, I wonder how true this really is.
Can you really live a normal life with asthma?

Maybe most asthmatics can life a normal life.
Yet there remain a bunch of asthmatics like me who have to make adjustments, changes, in order to make it through life with out asthma or allergy trouble.
We have to learn to cope.
In this way, are we really living a normal life?

Think of it this way.
A normal person can make a split decision to
leave the house and not have to think "Do I have my inhaler with me?
Did I take all my medicine?"

A normal guy can go to the cabin on a whim and stay for a week without thinking anything about it other than having fun.
A normal guy can spend a couple days at hunting camp if he wants to. A normal guy can hunt.
A normal guy can run if he wants.
A normal guy can eat the foods he wants without having to worry about allergies.

A normal guy can saw wood or rip up old carpet if he wants.
A normal guy can cut the grass and pull weeds.
A normal guy can rake the yard without having to stop to use his inhaler.
A normal guy doesn't have to visit his doctor every three months and remember to take his medicines every day.

These are some of the things I think of every time I write that line:
you can live a normal life with asthma.
Despite all the things you can't do when you have asthma, despite the adjustments you have to make to cope with your life with asthma and allergies, you still can live a normal life with asthma.

There, I said it again.
Life is what you make of it.
So long as you continue to be a gallant asthmatic, you can continue to do the things you enjoy.
This is true even if you can't do everything every other guy (or girl) can take for granted.

Yes, you'll probably have to make some adjustments, but you can still live a relatively normal life with asthma.

John Bottrell
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John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).