Managing My Asthma

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Lynne Wolford

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Lynne Wolford lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Kitty. She has had severe asthma since she was a toddler.

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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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