It’s that time of year again….

Tuesday is World Asthma Day.  Both my girls will fit in the shirts I had made for them last year, so they will be donning their gray shirts with the pretty little logo I made. (gray is the awareness color for asthma)

Last month, I wore blue to promote Autism Awareness, I wear purple, I wear red, I wear yellow…I’ve donned shirts of all the colors of the rainbow, to show my support for people and their causes.  I understand that <your cause> is very important to you, and because YOU are important to ME, I wear the color of <your cause> to show you my support.

Asthma awareness is important to ME.  I watch my child struggle with it every day.  I answer the questions of “why ME?” more often than I should have to.  I would LOVE to see my friends and family don a gray shirt to show their support of ME and MY CHILD.

AND, in case anyone needs some hard facts, to prove that “asthma” is more than just a wheeze or a cough and a pretty blue puffer…here are some fast facts.

Every day in America:

  • 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
  • 30,000 people have an asthma attack.
  • 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
  • 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
  • 11 people die from asthma.

(facts taken from The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)

Asthma is a real disease, and real people FIGHT it every single day.  Like all the other “invisible” illnesses, you can’t look at someone, and know they have asthma.  Even if they TELL you they have asthma, there is no way for you to tell whether they are a “blue puffer” asthmatic, or if they are an asthmatic who inhales multiple kinds of medication, multiple times per day.

We fight asthma in our house.  Please consider wearing gray to show your support of EVERYONE who lives with this disease every day of their life.

8 Responses to “It’s that time of year again….”

  1. 1 Shereen May 2, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I will definetly wear gray on tuesday. I never knew that grey was for Asthma awarness, thanks for the information.

  2. 2 sarahsasthmablog May 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’ll wear grey as well. 🙂

  3. 3 kerri May 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    done and done, Ms Sara 🙂 ❤

  4. 4 mymusicallungs May 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I liked your quoted statistics-they really brought it home. Particularly strong was the ‘every day in America 11 people die of asthma’.
    Now isn’t that surely enough to wake people up and start saving lives and learning and educating and polluting less, etc etc.

    Well written, Sara. I hope you and your family are keeping as healthy as can be xx

    • 5 mommato2beauties May 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

      I should have put my source, but, I closed that tab, and now I can’t find it any more…when I have more time, I’ll find it, and put the source in the post.

      Thank you so much, Suz. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  5. 6 Elisheva May 6, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Great post! Happy belated WAD!

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