Managing My Asthma
Out of all the places I’ve lived, I think Grand Junction, Colorado, is my favorite. It’s right in between Denver and Salt Lake City. It’s not a bustling metropolis, but it’s a beautiful setting filled with local shopping and dining, and there’s plenty to do outdoors, too. But the real reason I love it so much is because I haven’t seen the inside of an emergency room since we moved here four years ago.
Four years without a trip to the ER might not seem like cause for celebration, but for me, it sure is. I have severe asthma and the dry, clear air in Colorado has definitely improved my condition. I’m almost 50 now, and have had severe asthma attacks since I was 2. The number of times I’ve been hospitalized for it is in the triple digits. When I have an attack, I feel like I’m drowning. Or suffocating. They’re terrifying--I literally cannot catch my breath.
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