Most people take breathing for granted. But for many people that suffer from breathing problems as I do, each breath is a major achievement. Have you ever felt you can’t breathe? I have, imagine someone putting a pillow over your face and not being able to do anything about it. What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. If you have asthma the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. When your airways react to allergens they get narrower, which makes it hard to breathe. According to The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, more than 4 million children have had an asthma attack in the previous year. Approximately 44% of all asthma hospitalizations are for children, and there have been approximately 5,000 deaths from asthma annually. I remember getting really bad asthma attacks when I was a child, and I still do but maybe that’s why it has changed my way of thinking. I inherited asthma from my mother because she developed asthma when she was pregnant from me. I am the oldest of three girls. My little sister also struggles with asthma, but not as much as I do. I’ve been living with asthma my whole life. Even though for some people asthma is not a big deal, it is for me. Every time I get an asthma attack it scares me to think that maybe this time I won’t make it through. It is one of the worst feelings, to feel that you can’t breathe. To feel that your body is starting to get numb to a point where you can’t feel anything anymore, and all of a sudden you black out. I was ten years old when I got my first asthma attack. I remember the horrible feeling of not being able to breathe. I didn’t want to tell my parents because I was terrified of hospitals for the fact that I hated the painful needles. After a while of struggling to breathe, they walked in my room to check up on me like they always did before going to bed. When they saw me trying so hard to breathe they asked “what’s wrong? With tears running...
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