I’m starting to feel old. Today, as I was heaving and hawing (about the fact that my allergies are bothering me), I started to think about the last time I felt this terrible. It was quite a while ago. That led me to thinking about when I first developed asthma. It was a while ago, during my sophomore year of college. Ironically, it was right around the same time that one of my roommates, Michelle and I, had started running and decided we would start training for…and complete a half-marathon, and perhaps a marathon, one day.
We were gung-ho about it. We signed up for our college cross-country team, attended a health seminar that was required for all sports athletes…and then she was diagnosed with a terrible case of mono (so bad that I believe it affected her kidneys), and I developed uncontrollable asthma (the mon came later for me). Needless to say, we didn’t end up participating on the cross-country team. Continue reading