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: Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge: Day 12: Hindsight

Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge: Day 12: Hindsight

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If you could go back in time and talk to yourself (or your loved one) on the day of diagnosis, what would you say?


What would I tell myself if I could go back in time to the day I was diagnosed with asthma? Easy-make an appointment with a specialist-do it now!


I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, but until recently, I had never visited a specialist.


When I did visit an allergy and asthma specialist, I already knew that my asthma was usually triggered by allergens and thus flared up seasonally. What I didn't know was that my allergies were severe enough to warrant 3-5 years of shots to immunize me against regional pollens and grasses. I can't help but wonder how much less I may have struggled with asthma if I'd started allergy shots a decade ago.  


I also learned that uncontrolled asthma can thicken bronchial tubes over time. This reduces the amount of space available for air to pass through the lungs. Now I suspect that if I'd committed to taking inhaled corticosteroids year-round-despite the side effects-the benefits could have outweighed the risks. This includes multiple trips to the ER due to the unexpected allergen, the unusually severe cold, or a change in environment when I traveled. This only exposed me to stronger corticosteroids like prednisone that definitely have side effects like loss of bone density mass. As I've learned from my specialist, a better peak flow year round, helps you cope better with sudden changes to lung capacity.


Take initiative! Your health is in your hands! Seek advice from those best poised to educated you and help you cope with your condition.


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