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"Asthma limits me in a great many ways, these being primarily through physical activities. However, asthma can also be brought about through the effects of colds, thereby making it all the more fatal. I used to play all sorts of sports, but my skills were effected by my constant shortness of breath. At one instance during a cross country run i simply collapsed and fell to the ground, blue in the face. " -- Jacob Yeh

"It's a respiratory condition, so it definitely affects me when I have activities such as exercise and more strenuous things come along. I believe it's because I've learned to control it, so I haven't had to use my Ventolin for a while. I still have it and get a prescription for it when I run out just in case something happens and I need it. However, it was a lot worse when I was in Hong Kong...

The thing with asthma is that there are different levels of it, and mine was on the severe side when I was younger, but was tamed when I grew older.

The feeling of asthma? You know something's wrong and you need medication when you start having difficulties breathing. The fact that you can't get as much volume into your lungs is one of the signs, and even if you do get the same volume as if you were okay, it takes a great deal to get air in.

I'm more careful and try to stay indoors if possible on days where there are smog alerts, but I don't restrict my activities... like if I go out, then I'll go out. I let my friends know that I do have asthma and if anything ever happens to me and I can't breathe, they know where my puffer is.

Here's a good analogy though... it's like sucking a milkshake through a regular straw..." -- Karen Lam

"As a little kid, I would wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. My father would bundle me into the car and we’d drive downtown to Sick Kids, watching as the brightly lit bear stood out against the night sky. The nurses loved me, they’d let me play with the wheelchairs and called me brave as I was hooked up to the breathing machine. In my basement there was a row of little translucent green masks, one for every visit." -- Emma Grittani-Livingston

"He had to carry a puffer, visit doctor a lot. He had allergies to certain type of foods because of asthma -- partially. Also when he had a severe cold, had breathing problems. Cool mist air is better for him. Hazy days will give him breahting problems. " -- Athena Fung (brother who had asthma, Hugo Fung)

"My name is Karen. I am 16 years old and I've had asthma ever since I was 3 years old. My family and I found out when I had trouble breathing during my sleep and they took me to the emergency room. I got diagnosed and I got medication. Asthma continued bothering me up until I was 10 years old. I had no more trouble breathing or wheezing for years after. In gr8, on a "smog alert" day i went to school and had trouble breathing. I was sent home; went to the doctor and was given a puffer. This is 4 years later and I still have trouble breathing on smoggy days and during summer time. I am currently on medication for my asthma. Oh, in addition, smog limits my activities in the summer. I sometime have to cancel on my friends and have to stay home. Smog doesn't just cause me trouble breathing but it affects my social life." -- Karen Chan

"Basically it just limits your breathing... ie if you breath very heavily you'll suddenly start coughing of some sort... then there's that puffer thing you place into your mouth to make yourself ok again..." -- Herman Wu

"Asthma is a horrible condition to have. I am one who has gotten rid of that illness, but it still comes back as post-asthma attacks when I get sick. There are times when I get dizzy spells, short of breath or really weak if I exhaust myself just slightly. Having asthma is really limiting physically, there are a lot of rigorous activities I could not participate in because of asthma. I require a lot of sleep, which I do not get enough of even if I need it, and it takes a really long time to recover from just a small cough or cold. My doctor tells me that it happens to a lot of people in Toronto, but for people from out of town, they do not get these post-asthma attacks like I do. I guess there is just very poor air quality in Toronto, I hope it improves soon, I dislike these never-ending flu bugs." -- Roger Chen

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