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Deb's Story

Deb Ireson, a long time sufferer from asthma, is currently in recovery from her most recent ordeal with her asthma.

Last year saw the 53 year old midwife lecturer admitted to a Perth Intensive Care Unit suffering from a severe flare up, triggered from the flu.

Deb was diagnosed with asthma at 9 years of age, and was hospitalised several times during adolescence. However her last attack was in her 20’s, as she has managed to control her asthma with medication, regular exercise and being aware of the triggers that cause her asthma.

Being symptom free for so many years, Deb could not believe that she again suffered as asthma attack, and that her symptoms had arisen so quickly.

Deb had been suffering what she believed was a bad bout of flu that she could not shake. Her symptoms were so bad that she was unable to speak with the receptionist at her GP to tell them her name.

‘It was so scary how quickly I went down hill, even when I was taking the prescribed oral steroids and asthma preventor medication. I had none of the usual wheezing that is often associated with asthma attacks’, Deb said.

Prior to her hospital admission Deb was fit and healthy, with cycling and walking being a big part of her life. At the moment she is struggling to walk up a small hill, as she recovers from her attack.

Deb aims to be fully fit by the middle of 2017, and participate in as many fitness events as she can whilst raising funds for AFWA. 

Participating in fitness events gives me something to aim for in my recovery, as well as increases awareness that asthma is a serious condition’, Deb said.

Are you thinking of entering a fitness event this year?

You can challenge yourself and have fun raising funds for asthma. Every year we have wonderful supporters who raise funds by participating in fitness challenge events.

You can participate in any event you like. Simply choose and register for your event, then set up an Everyday Hero online fundraising page with Asthma Foundation WA as your charity. Next, spread the word about what you're doing and why, and ask people you know to support  you and the asthma cause--it's that easy!

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