Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 1, Embrace Change

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Don’t ever think the asthma you’re dealing with today will be the same disease you’re treating next year, next month, or even tomorrow.

Asthma changes all the time. It can involve new symptoms and new triggers, and it can affect a person in ways totally new and unexpected. People with asthma – and everyone else, for that matter – can even develop allergies to anything, at any age, even if they never had them before.

And sometimes it gets worse, but most of the time for children – asthma gets better.

It gets better.

Each year of parenting my asthmatic daughter has felt a little easier than the last, whether because the asthma itself has improved or my handling of it has, and also in part because she is old enough to explain her symptoms to me and start learning when she needs to use her inhaler.

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And my life now that she is almost 11 scarcely resembles the one I used to have, when every cold sent her to the emergency room.

And she never seemed healthy.

And she always coughed.

She always coughed.

And she missed too many parties and holidays and special events.

And I never slept.

And I was always afraid.

I was always afraid.

But it gets better.

It got better, and I hope that wherever this New Year’s Eve finds you, whatever your health or your child’s and however long you’ve been living with asthma, that each day of 2010 gets a little easier for you, too.

I thank you all so much for reading Asthma Mom in 2009, for sharing your stories and tips and input with me and with other readers. If you have ever learned anything or felt a little less alone from reading this site, please also know I’ve gotten just as much from you.

Happy, Healthy New Year’s to you and yours.

10 responses to “Counting Down a Decade of Asthma – No. 1, Embrace Change”

  1. kerri says:

    I like this post.
    And I REALLY like that skating picture of your daughter! Gorgeous!

    It’s been awesome getting to know you better during ’09, and our community will only get stronger in ’10, I think!

    (’10. It looks so dumb. I guess I’ll have to get used to it ;) ).

    Happy healthy new year to you and yours right back at you!

  2. Allie says:

    So glad to hear that it’s getting better!

    Happy New Year!!!!

  3. Carolyn says:

    That is so important for parents to hear when we’re in the thick of things with our child’s asthma. Thank you for the encouraging words and Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Kelley says:

    Thank you Amy for holding up the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. With no other asthma parents around to talk to, I feel blind when dealing with this, not knowing what will come next. I’m still on a learning curve here, so all of the insight you put here is so very appreciated.

    Thank you again for the info., the hope and making me feel less alone in this :-)

  5. Amy says:

    Kelley, I think I’ll ALWAYS be on a learning curve, lol. Thanks, all!

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