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What Advice Would You Give to Newly Diagnosed Patients Who Are Scared or Embarrassed About Having an Asthma Attack in Public?

Savanna

Asthma Patient Leader

Patient Leader, Savanna Braun, shares her advice for newly diagnosed patients on how to overcome fear or embarrassment of having an asthma attack in public.

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Savanna: Hi, I’m Savanna and I’m an Asthma patient leader. I’ve had asthma for over twenty years and I have both the eosinophilic and allergic type. I’m responding to the question, What advice would you give to newly diagnosed patients who are scared or embarrassed about having an asthma attack in public?

I think that a lot of the time, media portrays asthma as being this weak, little, nerdy kid. And so, that tells us to be embarrassed about asthma and try to hide it like it’s a secret and that it is something to be ashamed of. It’s not to be ashamed of! If you need to take your inhaler right then, just do it. Do what you need to do for your health because you shouldn’t put it in jeopardy because of what other people might be thinking.

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