Access to great doctors and specialists is important

 I have severe asthma, and while it is under control right now, I was admitted to the hospital four times last year. I missed school and spent a lot of the year being sick; this year, I have not been to the hospital once. While I can tell my story and the trials and tribulations of having severe asthma, I am not sure where I would be without my team of specialists and doctors at the Pediatric Lung Center who have never given up on me!
I have seen Doctor Kapoor for most of my life; even as my asthma became more severe, he continued to work with me until I could live a normal healthy life again. 

When he took my records home for the weekend and reviewed them on his kitchen table, we knew I was in good hands. Not only is Dr. Kapoor a dedicated doctor, but he is always straightforward and has a great sense of humor. He has always encouraged me not to let asthma keep me indoors or from being a normal kid. 

This year has been the best year yet. I am on a regime of antibiotics, oral steroids, and a biologic. In time, we hope to taper some of the medications. I am finally active again, I can do the things I love, including several sports, and I feel like I have my life back. 

Not only is my doctor terrific, but the nurses are also. The last time I was there for an appointment, one of my favorite nurses told me that she almost cried when a doctor told her how well I spoke at an event because she was proud of me. We never envisioned how much time we would spend there; it’s nice to know they care about me as an individual. The receptionists are always great. They remember me and check me in and say hello – clearly I am a regular. I am lucky to have access to a pediatric pulmonologist, and a staff that I know will not give up on me! 

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Regan is a 14 year old girl who loves cheerleading, diving and hanging out with her friends. She also has severe asthma. In making this blog she hopes to educate others about asthma as well as inspire others so they know they aren't alone. She enjoys sharing her "Adventures with Asthma"!

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