Even though it sucks living with severe asthma, things could be worse.. much worse. I’m fortunate on so many fronts. I tend to post a lot about the negatives, so here are a few positives:
* Despite more than 100 hospitalizations and some close calls with this disease, Ive managed to survive 59 years and am still going strong.
* I have 4 or 5 really severe exacerbations every year, but I usually pull through them more or less intact.
* I have to take a ton of medications, but Ive never had to inject any of them like some my friends have to.
* I live with chronic debilitating breathlessness, but Ive never had to deal with chronic debilitating pain.
* I can’t run or jog more than 50 feet, but I can walk 5 miles fast without breaking a sweat.
* I hold the worlds record for the number of intubations, but Ive never broken a bone(unless you consider teeth bones).
* The disease makes me tired and weak, but it hasn’t stopped me from traveling the world.
* Ive suffered from all the side effects of steroids, but Ive never had to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
* I’m allergic to just about everything organic, but I rarely catch the common cold or the flu.
* My lung function is super low and my blood pressure sometimes super high, but other than that, I’m pretty dang healthy.
* 10 years ago they told me I wouldn’t live another 2 years. Did I mention I’m almost 60 years old and still alive?