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Abigail M., PA

I learned that I have severe asthma after my mom passed when I was 18. I've been struggling with it so much and it just seems hard to manage. I have taken on so much responsiblity since my mom passed which contributed to it coming back. I had asthma when I was 8, but it just went away and I was fine.

Apparently it never went away it was still there just well managed. The shock and stress from my mom's sudden passing triggered a lot of health issues the major being my asthma. I watched my grandma pass from COPD and I have seen her struggle from it. I want to learn to manage and feel better. I've been so scared to reach out for help and my dad doesn't understand what it's like. My aunt has asthma, but it's not as severe as mine and she keeps telling me I'm being dramatic.

I finally decided to take my health into my own hands because my family refuses to help. I'm slowly reading and learning about what to ask and what to do. I don't feel ashamed of my condition anymore and I'm proud of that. I know there are others out there like me and now I know I don't need to feel alone.

First Published: June 5, 2020

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