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Asthma Needn’t Be A Prison Sentence

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anbapWinning Olympic gold can leave anyone breathless, but that word has a whole different meaning for U.S. medalists Amy Van Dyken and Tom Dolan. Both swimmers suffer from asthma, a potentially deadly lung problem that can cause wheezing, coughing, and a real need for air. Van Dyken, who suffered from severe asthma through grammar and high school, won her four gold medals in spite of needing medication four times a day. Dolan, whose asthma is actually triggered by the sport he loves, took Atlanta’s gold in the 400-meter individual medley even though his finish left him “definitely gasping for air.”

The lesson from both of these great Olympians is that, as the Asthma and Allergy Foundation says, “Asthma is a controllable disease [in which] a normal, even extraordinary, physical life …

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August 31st, 2015 at 7:19 am