I've just noticed this area having recently moved over from the old AUK forum, I have to say I'm rather impressed. It's nice to have a somewhere fresh but be able to see all the old stuff to.
So I'd best introduce myself: I'm Lol, I'm 23 (so I must have been a member for at least ten years, I joined AUK when I was learning the kids aren't so nice at secondary school! ) If you hadn't already guessed I have asthma and I like to chat. I was diagnosed at the age of 6 and was a very mild asthmatic until my late teens.
I sat in the doctors one day expecting another normal asthma review with the asthma nurse. My appointment wasn't with the nurse instead the GP who ran the asthma clinic. Looking back my asthma was a lot worse than before, but I'd adapted to it and accepted it as normal, I went in thinking I'd get a thumbs up off you go for another year, as it had been for as long as I could remember. So it was a shock to be told things had got so bad if I carried on I'd be looking at irreversible damage, I can still see his face when he told me how bad things had got I was uncontrolled and very persistent.
Over the last few years, lots of testing, meds changes, help and support. I'm managing better, but still persistent! I'm reviewed every three months, And I still get ultra freaked out when I hear the words if this doesn't work/improve, I'll be referring you to.... (Insert name of dreaded local hospital!)
In short that's my story!