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Welcome to May-June 2017 New Members!

We've got some new faces to say hello to and to welcome! I'm hoping that you guys will help say hi to these new members!

@Amy Lynn, @Megan Roberts, @Kmietzner08, @Natalie, @Spencer, @sskcird, @lchristn, @ACOLON, @AngMC, @Wordsmithlynn, @Cdg0607, @Patricia Moskal, @mommax3, @Shareek, @Mazal, @Trac, @Cindy_, @Allergic to tabacco, @Purplemind, @Bucky, @Bethany Davis, @JessG, @Kristin Nicole, @Kerm, @Deborah, @Laci, @Shelly, @SF, @cptsrq, @Je., @MsPam, @CatMama, @Ksmith, @Monique80

I'm Cynthia — or K8sMom2002. For me, asthma has been my companion since my early 30s. My DD, who is 15, also has asthma and was diagnosed when she was a toddler.

I hope you guys will make yourself at home — post new questions, join in with the various conversations and topics, because we want to help. So jump in and introduce yourselves! Let us know your asthma journey and how we can help and encourage you!

And don't forget to so that you can find your way back here!

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  • Kerm

    Hi. Asthma came into my life in 2011. After 10 years of smoking cigarettes which I'm not proud of. Also was diagnosed with Copd. I quit cold turkey that very day. Anyways I have a question? Does anyone have a problem catching their breath on a daily basis? & if so, what do you do?

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome, Kerm! So proud of you for quitting smoking … my mom, bless her heart, couldn't kick the habit even after she was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD, so you have accomplished something!

    Lots of our members struggle for breath every day, but their struggles vary. What's most important is that you " that your doctor has helped you develop. 

    Are there particular triggers that make you struggle worse for breath?

  • Jen

    Welcome Kerm and everyone.  @Kerm - I think your question would make a great new topic.  To post a new topic from your computer, click the green "post" button on the top right of your screen.  From your phone, tap on the 3 bars that are on the top left and then tap on post.

  • Jen

    Welcome to all of you who have joined us over the last week.  We are glad to have you here and are looking forward to having you participate in our support community. 

    My name is Jen and I'm part of the community services team at AAFA.   I have cough variant asthma that flares with illness.  My husband has limited lung capacity due to lung cancer surgery.  We also manage a variety of allergic diseases in this house between the 2 of us and our 4 kids.

    Please introduce yourselves and tell us a little about how asthma affects you.

    @BlueMamaBear79, @Zory, @Sarabean, @Shepmom, @alcorn13, @Jessica B, @Jennifer Hamilton, @Dungz, @Hammons5, @hockey9256, @Britt Saunders, @Healthy Homes Project, @Princesstracy, @SC, @Melody Soto, @Kimmerjo, @CarrieW, @WheezerGeezer, @Brad, @Mariah Slaughter, @Super1

  • Jessica B

    Hi, My name is Jessica and allergy induced asthma has been apart of my life since by DS was 2 months old. We are a family of 5, Mom, Dad and 3 kids! Seasonal allergies run in the family but nothing quite like the struggles we have had with our son Avery whom is now 10. He's allergic to everything from dogs/cats to eggs and everything in between! I think the toughest struggle for our family is going places unfamiliar and the concern that breathing issues will flare. As a family, we have to be quite cautious and always prepared! I am sure like many allergy/asthma sufferers, attacks happen fast and usually without notice and the anxiety associated with these attacks is another topic entirely! Avery is on several meds, eye drops to Nose spray, daily and emergency inhalers and our life saving Epi. We have a great Dr. in the Southwest WI that has been amazing! Thank you!

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, @Jessica B, and welcome! Yes, asthma can sneak up on you and catch you unawares — you're so right, being prepared is key!

    I also wanted to point you in the direction of AAFA's sister site — Kids With Food Allergies. It has a great that has thousands of safe recipes for folks managing food allergies — just click the foods you're avoiding and it will generate recipes safe for you!

  • hockey9256

    Hi, Jackson here. I have allergy induced asthma and exercise induced asthma. I help control it with all of the normal precautions and extensive strength and conditioning training focused on hockey development. I do what I can to keep my system as strong as possible and functioning to it's full capacity. 

  • Jen

    Thanks for stopping in to introduce yourselves, @Jessica B and @hockey9256.  

    Jessica – Let us know more about Avery's  and what you do to try to avoid them.

    Jackson – stop by our  to tell us more about your ice hockey adventures.

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone!  I'm usually must faster to welcome you but I've been on vacation and my new office doesn't have internet service yet so I have to check in at night.  You will find a wonderful group here that has a wealth of information and help.  We all know what it's like to live like we have too and if nothing else, it's wonderful to finally find a group that understands that.  Jump right in and share with us!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, @hockey9256 and welcome! You're in good company, and it's been interesting to see your photos and hear about your perseverance in playing hockey!

  • K8sMom2002

    It's Welcome Wednesday! We've got some new faces to say hello to … I'm hoping that you guys will help say hi to these new members! Some of them have come to check our our newly opened forums for or our forum, while others will be looking for support from members of our .

    There's lots of good info in all of these forums, so help me welcome these news members!

    Welcome, @Manuela, @Little Lynn, @mugirl, @Claudine, @rick, @Princessmomma, @Altmanmommy, @Maria!!, @Terry kenneth strain, @Nonso, @Sillygirl15, @Isacastle, @Twanna Bowen, @Khaldeman, @Sada, @TinaPeterson112, @Janey, @tanusharma

    I'm Cynthia — or K8sMom2002. For me, asthma has been my companion since my early 30s. My DD, who is 15, also has asthma and was diagnosed when she was a toddler. She has also battled eczema and environmental allergies as well. 

    I hope you guys will make yourself at home — post new questions, join in with the various conversations and topics, because we want to help. So jump in and introduce yourselves! Let us know about your asthma or allergy journey and how we can help and encourage you!

    And don't forget to so you can find your way around the forums!!

  • Jen

    It's time to welcome our new members.  We are glad that you joined AAFA's support community.  It's a great place to learn, share information and get support.  

    Please join me in welcoming @Claudine, @Mike Pastva, @B. Jansen, @patricia burks, @Karen B PT, @Renita Williams, @TandemRiders, @Ann123, @AndreaLynn, @Rosanne Perricone, @Samuel Weddington, @Michael Albrecht, @Kari, @Asthmagirlcece, @Shelli R. Nezat, @Deehwehb, @James McCann, @Bode

    I'm Jen and I'm part of AAFA's community services team.  Everyone in my family manages some sort of allergy or skin condition.  

    Please introduce yourselves and tell us more about how asthma and allergies affect you.  Jump in on some of our discussions – tell us ,  and more!

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone!  I hope you find this as welcoming a place as I have.  It is a super group of people here who manage all sorts of asthma/allergy issues and have tremendous insight and suggestions-not to mention the wonderful support you will get.  Glad to have you all!!

  • K8sMom2002

    I second PLJohns opinion! This is a great place to find encouragement and information, so please share a bit about yourself and your journey.

    I was diagnosed with asthma when I was about 30, and my DD was diagnosed with asthma when she was 3. DD has had a history of atopic dermatitis (eczema) when she was a baby, and we manage her food allergy to corn. My DH has contact dermatitis to a number of different soaps and antiperspirants, so we have to watch out for that as well. 

    What brings you to this community? How can we help? Consider the red carpet rolled out and the welcome officially extended!

  • K8sMom2002
    Kerm posted:

    Hi. Asthma came into my life in 2011. After 10 years of smoking cigarettes which I'm not proud of. Also was diagnosed with Copd. I quit cold turkey that very day. Anyways I have a question? Does anyone have a problem catching their breath on a daily basis? & if so, what do you do?

    @Kerm, just checking on you … are you still having trouble catching your breath?

  • K8sMom2002

    @Jessica B, how is Avery doing these days? Have you guys been able to find some fun things to do that are safe for Avery?

  • Jen

    @Jessica B How have you and Avery been managing in the heat?  Has it caused any flares?

  • Jen

    @Kerm How have you done with managing your asthma this summer?  Have you discussed your shortness of breath with your doctor?