A Fight Just to Breathe
Most people rarely think about their own breathing. Their bodies adopt a natural rhythm to survive — inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. They don’t even have to try.
But in the more than 235 million people in the world living with asthma, something as simple as breathing doesn’t come so easily. With this chronic disease, the airways in the lungs are constantly inflamed, tightening in reaction to certain triggers. This can lead to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The most common type of asthma is called allergic asthma, meaning symptoms are triggered by breathing in allergens, like dust mites, pet dander, or pollen.
In Anne’s case, severe allergic asthma has been with her since kindergarten. All her life, frequent asthma attacks left her struggling to breathe — and struggling to live her life to the fullest.