Asthma is a serious medical condition. It requires treatment and lifestyle adjustments to keep symptoms under control. There are many twists and turns when you’re living with a chronic condition like asthma, but you can still live life to the fullest.
One way to keep a positive attitude and maintain balance is through humor. You can’t change your circumstances, but you can change your perspective. Being able to laugh in unpleasant situations is key to your mental well-being and can really change the course of your day.
Here are six memes that I think perfectly describe how it feels to live with asthma. I hope these resonate with you, too!
Each fall, one of my biggest fears is developing bronchitis. It all starts with one innocent cough! If you’re living with asthma, I know you can relate to the horror of getting the common cold, since it could lead to bronchitis. That persistent cough is not fun!
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the pollen is rampant. During allergy season, I’m constantly sneezing and rubbing my eyes. It gets miserable sometimes. It affects my asthma and how I’m feeling throughout the day. It’s tough to manage. I just want to be able to enjoy the weather!
Preparation is key to managing your asthma symptoms. First, learn your triggers so you can do your best to avoid them. But you should also be ready with an action plan in case you do have an attack. Having an emergency plan in place will help you to alleviate your symptoms faster. It can also help with anxiety you may have about not being prepared for a sudden flare-up.
Whenever I work out, I’m always hoping that nobody is around to hear my heavy breathing. I definitely sound like Darth Vader. Getting in a good workout is totally worth it though!
But it IS that bad. Having others downplay something that affects just about every aspect of your life is beyond frustrating, and shows a serious lack of empathy and understanding on their part. It’s tough to not be in control of your breathing or your body overall — that last thing you need is someone telling you to “tough it out.”
Most people don’t even know what an asthma attack looks like — they think you’re choking or just being dramatic. Asthma attacks can be serious, even life-threatening, especially if you don’t have a plan for when an attack arises. It’s never easy having to calm everyone else and also take care of yourself. Making sure you know how best to handle your symptoms is key.
For more information on how to manage asthma, reach out to your doctor or healthcare team.
RESP-US-NP-00100 MARCH 2019