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Kathy P posted:

Ooh, did I miss you telling us about your blog?

It's in the original picture post.  The link is there at the end of my commentary. I haven't written on it in years but I do walk people through my journey (including details of my first lung collapse as a result of asthma) and how I maintain my asthma now. I'm a bit verbose. :-) 

Kathy P posted:
Well, now I'm blubbering all over my keyboard! You rock girl!

Awwwww, sorry!  It's a fun cry though, isn't it? :-)  Such amazing people out there in this world. We located the athlete who gave me his medal and he and I corresponded for quite some time.  He even added a "guest blogger" entry on my blog. Can't believe it has been nearly four years. :-)

That is awesome!  What an inspiration.  Welcome to AAFA's online communities.  Stop by our asthma support forum to introduce yourself and get support from others who deal with asthma.

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I am a life-long asthma sufferer.  I have nearly lost my life more times that I can recall from this condition.  And yet, I have found ways to maintain my illness through nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, which in turns allows me to exercise more, which in turn, improves my condition.  I still have seasonal and infection (sinus) triggers that have a big impact and I get very ill occasionally.  But when I am healthy, I take full advantage. On this day, June 26th, 2012, I completed an Ironman Triathlon.  That is, a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and then I ran a marathon (26.2 miles), all in one day. I was the last finisher, which in itself is a statement. I was literally the one athlete out of 2200 who exercised for the longest period of time that day. I made it, I conquered it, I tackled asthma and destroyed it that day. The year before, I attempted the race and was the first one in the medical tent as I was in the midst of a long asthma episode. To finish the following year with thousands of people cheering me on was far beyond my expectations. NEVER. EVER. GIVE. UP.  Here is a link to the crazy finish line. I missed the cutoff by 23 seconds, but it didn't matter.  Watch all the way to the end and see what happens! Read about my journey and how I maintain my illness here:

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