My Lung Letter
I’m Nadiya Hussain, chef, author and presenter, but above all of that, I’m a mother to two boys who have asthma. Asthma has been with us for much of my boys’ lives – it has challenged us, it has tested us, but it has never beaten us…and now it’s time to tell my asthma story in my words…this is my lung letter…
It’s been a real journey of discovery – from waiting for the diagnosis and the emotional impact that it had on me, to understanding my boys’ triggers and managing them when they were small. Throughout that journey, I’ve always told my kids “it’s part of you, but it’s not all of you”. You’re defined by your dreams, not by your asthma.
Watch the video to find out more about my asthma story.
Symptoms & Triggers
As a parent to two boys who have asthma, understanding and recognising symptoms and triggers has played a vital role in our asthma journey, but it hasn’t been easy.
Every child, every asthma sufferer is different, and every journey is unique, so it took me a long time to understand the boys’ triggers and to have the confidence as a young mum to say “these are my sons’ triggers”. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer where asthma triggers are concerned.
The key for us has been finding activities that the boys can enjoy that don’t trigger their asthma, empowering them to live their lives defined by their dreams, not by their asthma.
To find out more about how we’ve identified and managed triggers, watch my video.
When the boys were little, I felt quite isolated. Asthma wasn’t a condition that I knew much about and I felt there was a lot of blame and stigma attached to it. I felt like people were always thinking ‘why are your children always sick? What are you doing wrong?’ and as a young mum that was hard to deal with.
Speaking openly about the realities of my boys’ condition and their asthma journey has empowered us as a family to take control of their asthma. It’s part of our lives, but it doesn’t define our lives and our house is a far more relaxed place because of that.
To learn more about the emotional impact of asthma and how we’ve dealt with it as a family, watch this video.