I don’t remember when I was diagnosed with asthma. I was too young to remember. Carrying around my inhaler was just part of my life. It was never a burden to me, but it did make the people around me nervous. I remember my mom listening to my lungs whenever I got a cough, and my teachers reaching for my inhaler whenever I got the wind knocked out of me at school. My asthma did lead to some embarrassing and scary times in my life. School trips where I had to sit out of activities because I was having trouble breathing or having to stop and use my inhaler while surveying forests are just a couple that come to mind. My asthma also makes getting sick a lot worse and the cold air I breathe while skiing sting just a little more than usual. To sum up, it kinda sucks. But thanks to doctors and scientists around the world, it doesn’t hold me back.
Just last season, I got stoked on climbing mountains. They became these big, beautiful obstacles that I could overcome. They became goals that would get me through grueling workouts and accomplishments that taught me that I am good enough, strong enough, smart enough. I love to climb mountains for many reasons, one of which is to show young me, the me that had to sit out during gym or the me that had to go to the hospital every time I got the flu, that I can do anything. Climbing helps me overcome the experiences where breathing was difficult and I felt out of control.
My life experiences are what helped me decide to participate in The American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air. My whole family has asthma, and odds are, you or someone you know does too. Sadly, the rate of respiratory diseases is predicted to increase due to poor air quality. The work the American Lung Association does helps combat that as well as help people with other respiratory diseases, such as COPD and lung cancer. Your donation will not only help me achieve my goals but help fight for a better future for everyone.
Every amount helps us all breathe a little easier. Please, donate now for education, research, and clean air. Together, we can make a difference.