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Welcome to Our November New Members!

Crisp fall greetings to all of you who have joined us in the last week in our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! 

We're so glad you are here and I'm happy to see some of you already engaging here too.   

We encourage you to make yourself right at home: explore the , ask questions, and share experiences.  This is a great place to find support and connection. 

I'm Megan, Community Engagement Program Manager here at AAFA, and I manage asthma/EIB, mold and pollen allergies. 

We want to hear how things are going for you. How are your ,  or  affecting you today? Join in the conversations or .  We look forward to hearing from you!

Also, handy tip: make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way back here. 

Everyone please join me in giving a hearty welcome to our newest members - @4pattersons, @4sons, @A Crouse, @Alex, @Alex1871, @Alexis Daddio, @Allie M, @Alp, @AMKRDH, @andrew, @APP, @Ashley J, @AuntCath, @bakerchj, @Becky, @Bobp, @BookBoy2, @BrandiB, @Brenda Bell, @Brennan, @Brianatomack, @bright165, @Bulldog93, @Camilo Gonzalez, @Candy McWilliams, @Casper14555, @Cat Taylor, @CDavis, @Charity Ann, @CharlieJ, @Chris123456789, @Cindi Doren, @Cindy Savage, @Cory G, @Cory Grizzard, @Currie, @David Hite, @Debbie Renner, @Devina, @Diane Carnohan, @DJWilson, @DP, @egwin, @ElaineW, @eli, @Emily, @ErinC0070, @F.Michael, @G, @Gin, @Ginny, @GwenS, @Hailey, @Hallbergkr, @Holthb, @J.R., @JCraig, @Jeana, @Jeff P., @Jeff1, @Jessica Craig, @Jessie15, @JimD, @Jody D., @Josy, @JScott, @JulieF, @Kara18, @Karem, @Kim Amin, @KlausR, @kraigmorris, @Krishen, @Kristerunn, @KWiborg, @Landkn, @Laurenw26, @LibraryBoy, @LorrieT, @Lwright1987, @Mary Gooch, @Memaw, @Mia, @MichelleW, @Mookie's Mom, @Mother2, @mpatt, @Nadia, @Nanci, @Nancy Harvey, @Nancy Lubinski, @Natalie K, @ND, @Nikki C., @Nora, @Pattj, @PaulaNajmulski, @Pop pop, @Pri, @PrincessCathy, @PSYCLE66, @Pterosaur, @Rachel B, @rep8793, @Robert, @Rose E, @rusthawk, @S.Wilson, @Sarah MTB, @Sarahsmile, @SarahwithanhNC, @schuller, @Scratch, @SFMama, @Sjones, @Sue Akins, @Susan Voss, @Suz, @Synthia Copher, @TechMom4, @terewurt, @Teri G, @Thomas, @tmyster46, @Tripp, @twig, @Valerie, @VEQ!, @Viviana, @Wendy Williams 

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  • F.Michael

    I hopefully have some information that you might like. Just trying to find the proper way of doing things. I surely do not want to put foot in my mouth or yours. I do enjoy some your comments and some answers. I makes me feel better knowing I alone am not the only one feeling this way. And keep your chin up also I have had COPD for about 8 years now and with my awesome wife's help , and me not throwing any towels in  will stay around. It has only been this last year that I have had a more depressed feeling so it was just another hurdle to handle.Never have taken drugs it was hard for me to start Xanax 0.25 once a day but Dr started me and see if it takes the edge off. I did this because I felt I was going to be too irritable to my wife the one person in my life  who did not deserve that. I think that it has taken the edge off things and it was worth it.I am still me and make the same decisions but think before I speak. And thank you all for this site.

  • Megan Roberts

    Hey @F.Michael welcome to the forums!  I'm not sure who your message is directed at, or what information you're trying to share.  We generally do not give medical, legal or financial advice just so you're aware.  But if you are here to provide peer support, that's great.  We are all here to support and listen to one another and find that in return from this amazingly supportive community.  Hope you find this space to be a welcoming one.

  • Cindi Doren

    Where do I begin?  I was diagnosed with COPD,  in 2013, when I was hospitalized with Pneumonia,  I got asthmatic bronchitis, almost every October -February,  till I got the pneumonia shot,  about 2 years ago,  at one point, I was on 3 different inhalers and a nebulizer, I ended up getting chronic laryngitis for 8 months,  no voice what so ever,  come to find out, it was a side effect from the inhalers, so I quit using them, as well as the my nebulizer,  and slowly got better, but still had no voice,  my husband brought me some Chinese Hot and Sour soup,  and within 3 sips,  my voice came back,  it was the strangest thing!  Lol I couldn't believe it!  That happened I think in January? I haven't had any problems since!,  but aside from that,  I also have been diagnosed with stage 4 Chronic Kidney disease,  I'm not on dialysis, so that's a good thing!!    I was on the kidney transplant list,  but as of June, I removed myself from the list,  I'm doing and feeling amazing,  and there are so many people, who are worse off than myself, and I would much rather they have a chance for a kidney transplant!, being of the inhalers and most of my meds, I haven't felt this good in years!!  Thanks for listening, hope everyone has a great night, peace,  Cindi

  • Megan Roberts

    @Cindi Doren thanks for sharing your story! I'm so happy for you that you've managed to make such strides in your health. Who knew that Hot and Sour soup had such therapeutic qualities? We look forward to getting to know you more here in the forums! 

  • Jen

    I would like to welcome everyone who has joined our  this past week.  We are glad to have you here.  Our  are a great place to support one another, ask questions and share experiences.

    My name is Jen and I am part of AAFA's community management team.  My family manages a variety of allergic diseases, including eczema and food allergies.  

    We look forward to getting to know you.  Please join the conversations on our forums and tell us how ,  and  affect you and your family.  Feel free to  or join an existing conversation.

    Bookmark our  for quick access to our support community!

    Please join me in welcoming @APRJ, @saskew3, @Paula&Taylor, @Lindsay Handelsman, @MissScarlet, @JoeAllergy, @MargaretO, @StarlaRoe, @Tom, @Chuck Welenc @Kerri, @Farhan, @Trixie, @Beachy, @Alfaroze19, @TJ Walkup. 

  • Megan Roberts

    Welcome new members– so great to have you all here with us.  You will find a wealth of info and support.  I look forward to getting to know you here in the forums!

  • K8sMom2002

    Adding my own welcome to Jen and Megan's! AAFA has been such a support to me — I came here looking for help with my daughter's asthma, but it's helped me with mine as well! I love the support and the good solid information that I find here, and the tips from other members who've been there and done that!

  • Pljohns

    Welcome everyone-you have landed in the BEST place for support and understanding.  Sorry you needed this board, but we're glad you found us.  this is  a wonderful group of people here with all sorts of experiences, suggestions and helpful information, but most of all SUPPORT.  Jump in with comments on topics or start a new one-welcome again!

  • Chuck Welenc

    I am trying to find out where I can get daily mold counts for a specific zip code. Do you have any ideas?Thanks.Chuck

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and welcome, Chuck! Have you checked out the ? While it may not have your specific zip code, it may have one that's fairly close. 

    Another possibility: some allergists have daily air quality reports, or a local weather station may as well. Another idea … do you guys have a university system agricultural county extension agent? They may be able to point you to someone who is collecting that information locally.

  • K8sMom2002

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome aboard to everyone who has joined our  this past week!  We're glad to have you here!  Our  are a great place to support one another, ask questions and share experiences.

    My name is Cynthia, and I have been managing asthma for several years, plus my DD has asthma as well.  We've also managed eczema and food allergies along the way.

    We look forward to getting to know you.  Please join the conversations on our forums and tell us how ,  and  affect you and your family.  Feel free to  or join an existing conversation.

    Bookmark our  for quick access to our support community!

    Now please help me welcome @Christy medford, @asthmamom23, @NWilbourn, @LiHutch, @PETER MAC, @Daisy, @Missy, @banjo10, @Anuj Das, @Tabitha Rodriguez, @Rajiv, @Molly, @gildroyp, @Boop, @DeanC, @Jen Parrish Moore, @lindamarie, and @Al12Medic

  • Megan Roberts

    Welcome new members!  You'll find a great and welcoming community here. Dive into topics that speak to your experience, or start your own.  I am the Community Engagement Program Manager here at AAFA, and am an asthma and allergy sufferer myself.  I've learned so much through these forums about how to manage my symptoms.  I can assure you, this community is here to help!

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving Eve to our new members who have joined our  this past week!  We're glad to have you here!  Our  are a great place to support one another, ask questions and share experiences.

    My name is Cynthia, and I'm particularly thankful for AAFA's online community support forums! I've been managing asthma (and dodging my triggers!) for several years now. My DD has asthma as well.  We've also managed eczema and food allergies along the way.

    We look forward to getting to know you.  Please join the conversations on our forums and tell us how ,  and  affect you and your family.  Feel free to  or join an existing conversation.

    If this is a new-to-you diagnosis, AAFA can certainly help explain asthma to you and to your family. Check out the new program from AAFA and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of the program is to increase awareness of asthma and research and to increase patient participation in research. 

    Participating is simple. Watch AAFA's collection of 11 short videos on understanding asthma and asthma research. Then take short surveys after each one to give us your feedback. 

    Short topics include: 

      Don't forget to bookmark our  for quick access to our support community!

      And now, help me welcome @Stace, @Jobyna, @Serenity, @TurtleBug12, @ShannBry, @Ryan Burton, @ekta patel, @Henry, @Ana M, @Ruth Carpenter, @K Walker, @JoJo Kortenhaus, @EKG, @mhight78, @TJ, @Krissy, @Deena, @Hopeful, @CFL2010, @Lisa Beasley, @Roberta G., @MelanAna, @Julievs, @Rebecca Minus RN, @BonneyJean, @Meenoo, @Terrance, @Jacqueline R Bernard, @bebeloria and @Laonis Quinn

      Welcome … and may you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

    • Megan Roberts

      Crisp fall greetings to all of you who have joined us in the last week in our Asthma and Allergic Diseases Support Community! 

      We're so glad you are here and I'm happy to see some of you already engaging here too.   

      We encourage you to make yourself right at home: explore the , ask questions, and share experiences.  This is a great place to find support and connection. 

      I'm Megan, Community Engagement Program Manager here at AAFA, and I manage asthma/EIB, mold and pollen allergies. 

      We want to hear how things are going for you. How are your ,  or  affecting you today? Join in the conversations or .  We look forward to hearing from you!

      Also, handy tip: make sure you bookmark our  so you can easily find your way back here. 

      Everyone please join me in giving a hearty welcome to our newest members:

      @Ana D. Cintron, @Angi21, @Breatheasy, @Deanna49, @Debby Lord, @E. Reid, @EPH Health Educator, @henneman, @Hixchix, @JamieLO, @Jeenn0611, @Karrie Johnson, @Kathycarter, @Kbernard344, @Kelsey Lenard, @LakeGirl72, @Laura Checkman, @LindaN, @Marley, @Momof6girls, @Momofthree585, @NannyLaurie, @Noemi1245, @RobertDean, @Robin Q, @Shankar Sharma, @shelbyg, @Tay, @Von, @Wayane, @Wellwood, @Witkom, @Yramos91

      I hope you all feel right at home with us.

    • K8sMom2002

      @shelbyg and everyone who is a new face around here — we're so glad you found us! This has been a great community for me to find support in, and I love being able to "pay it forward." 

      So here's a wave and a welcome to all our new members!

    • E. Reid

      Thanks for accepting me into the group! I have asthma as a result of an extremely premature birth which caused under developed lungs. I manage my asthma with exercise and a diet with minimal inflammatory foods. I do not take any asthma meds like I did previously before making dietary changes. I rely on natural foods and herbal trees. . .No asthma symptoms!

    • Megan Roberts

      @E. Reid it's great to have you here– and thanks for sharing your asthma management tips to our Facebook page! 

    • K8sMom2002

      Welcome @E. Reid! I was premature myself, and I have often wondered if that increased my risk for asthma. What sort of triggers do you watch out for?

    • E. Reid

      Thanks Cynthia! I don't really have any anymore. My asthma used to be triggered by colds and allergies. However, I don't have issues with colds anymore and I no longer have any allergy or sinus symptoms due to dietary changes I made. I rarely get sick with anything anymore. 

      #FoodIsMedicine!

    • E. Reid

      @ Jen. . .No. No specialist or asthma symptoms anymore. I took 2 inhalers as a child.

      I avoid foods that cause inflammation and I eat a lot of anti inflammatory foods. No dairy. . .I exercise regularly. I run too! I do distance running and run for causes. 

      #FoodIsMedicine!

    • E. Reid

      @Cynthia. . .premature births can cause the lungs to be under developed. Mine sure were. I was only in the womb for roughly 5 months. 

    • K8sMom2002

      @E. Reid, my mom always said that the doctors worried about my lung development when I was a baby. Maybe that's why. 

      @Cindi Doren, I thought about you the other day … I like a good hot and sour soup, too, and we use it in place of chicken noodle soup when one of us gets a cold — don't know if it actually does anything, but it sure does feel nice!

      @Chuck Welenc, did you ever find out a place to track down those mold spores? I know if you were able to, other folks would be interested as well.

      @kraigmorris, what can we help you learn more about asthma and allergies?