#TheLungLetters

This campaign has been organised and funded by the healthcare company Chiesi Ltd.

For further information and advice on asthma please contact your doctor or asthma nurse.

My Lung Letter

Hi, I’m Nicola Adams. Most people know me as a two-time Olympic champion, former WBO Flyweight champion and recent contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, but not necessarily as somebody who has asthma. It’s not a story I’ve talked about much previously, but I hope to inspire others who have asthma with my words – here’s my lung letter.

Diagnosed as a child, my doctor actively told my mum that I shouldn’t be allowed to run around too much, as my asthma was exercise induced. Now, as an adult I have gone on to win two Olympic golds – I’ve exceeded expectations. Asthma is always in the back of my mind, but I’m proud to say I think it is my dreams that define me and not asthma.

To learn more about my story, watch this video.

Symptoms & Triggers

Recognising my symptoms and triggers has been key to me understanding my asthma and feeling empowered to live with it.

Like all asthma sufferers, I have different triggers which I’ve learned to recognise and understand over time – both in terms of avoiding them where I can, but also knowing how to minimise risk so that I’m doing everything I can to not let my asthma hold me back.

To learn more about my symptoms and triggers and how I manage them, watch this video.

Emotional Well-being

I’m incredibly comfortable with the person I am today and as an adult that’s easier to say. But as a kid, it wasn’t quite as easy. I do think that people with asthma suffer from negative stigma. Something that is probably ingrained from childhood.

I often found the asthma characters in books, comics or TV programmes, were portrayed as the nerdy or geeky one and as a result I was teased a bit at school. It’s so important that we challenge these stereotypes, as they’re just not reflective of the condition at all. If you manage your condition and understand your personal limitations, then you’re in control to be whoever you want to be.

To learn more about my attitude towards stigma, watch this video.

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