“No one gave me a crystal ball when my child was born. No one said: ‘One day, your child will be diagnosed with asthma.’ If they had, I could have prepared – read a book, taken a class. Instead, I found myself at the doctor’s office hearing the word asthma – and not knowing what to do next.”
That’s how Kathleen Elder felt when the doctor diagnosed her son William with asthma and she came to AANMA for help.
Our conversations with Kathleen inspired new resources, including a Newly Diagnosed column in AANMA’s Allergy & Asthma Today magazine. On Nov. 13, 2010 – AANMA’s 25th anniversary – we launched a new blog, “My Asthma and Allergy Journey,” specifically for parent bloggers of kids who’ve just been diagnosed with asthma and/or allergies – and Kathleen is our lead parent blogger!
I just wanted to thank you for the blog you are working on. I am feeling less alone. My daughter went to a routine physical at the age of 7 and was diagnosed with asthma. I was a pediatric nurse years many ago and had an inkling — she had the cough and I occasionally would notice a wheeze or two when reading to her at night. She has never been to the ER. Never had severe respiratory distress. Sometimes I think it would be easier if she had. She has felt bad for so long; she can’t tell me she feels poorly because it is her norm. Anyhow, keep writing about your journey as it helps me feel less alone on mine.