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Among the many individuals battling severe asthma, black women face unique challenges. It’s not uncommon to go years without a proper diagnosis, and finding the right treatment often requires trial and error. Fortunately, all hope is not lost for those who may be struggling to get their severe asthma under control. We spoke with Juanita Brown Ingram, Esq. and Jania Watson, two inspiring black women who have lived with severe asthma and found strength, resilience and a sense of purpose through their journeys.

Juanita Brown Ingram, Esq.

Juanita Ingram has a resume that would make anyone’s jaw drop. In addition to being recently crowned Mrs. Universe, he is also an accomplished lawyer, filmmaker and philanthropist. From the outside, it seems that this talented woman does not try to try and most likely succeeds in it. In her everyday life, however, Juanita is much more cautious. From a young age, Juanita has struggled with severe asthma. His symptoms were always aggravated by common illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. I’ve heard these stories about my breathing problems, but I remember clearly when I was younger I couldn’t breathe every time I got a virus, says Ingram. I remember being out of school and crying a lot because asthma is painful. I [was taken] I visit my doctor often if I get sick, so I was very vigilant as a child and I still am.

Today, Juanita says her symptoms are best managed by working closely with her care team, avoiding getting sick, and staying ahead of symptoms. Ingram said she has been blessed with skilled doctors who are as alert to her symptoms as she is. While competing Mrs. In the Universe competition, Juanita took extra care to stay away from the other contestants to make sure she didn’t catch a cold or the virus that triggered her severe asthma. I would stand by and sometimes it could be taken to mean that he thinks he is better than everyone else. But if I get sick during the race, I’m ready. I had to compete with it because my disease doesn’t look like everyone else’s disease.

Although her symptoms are under control, living with severe asthma still presents challenges. Juanita relies on her strong support system to overcome the barriers of public incomprehension. I think there is a lot of missing out on how serious severe asthma is. I would like to [also] urge women to stand up and trust their intuition and not let someone dismiss what you feel.

Jania Watson

Jania, a content creator from Atlanta, Georgia, has suffered from severe asthma for several years. Thanks to early testing by asthma specialists, Jania developed severe asthma as a child after experiencing repeated exacerbations and challenges in her daily life. I especially remember that I started school and we moved to a new house. One of the triggers for me and my younger sister at the time was certain types of carpets. We had just moved into this new house, and within a few weeks of being there, my parents literally had to pay for all the new carpets in the house.

As Jania got older, she had fewer symptoms and thought her asthma was well under control. However, a return visit to the doctor during high school revealed that his severe asthma was affecting him more than he realized. It was the first time in a long time that I had to take a breath test, he describes. The doctor made me take a deep breath and blow into the machine to test my breathing. They told me to blow as hard as I could. And I did it. I gave everything I got. [My dad and the doctor] looked at me like girl stop playing. And at that point [it confirmed] I still have severe asthma because I have given it my all. It’s definitely not going away, but I’ve just learned how to manage it better.

Jania understands that people who do not live with asthma may not understand the disease and mistake it for something less serious. Or there may be others who think their symptoms are minor and not worth bringing up. So for Jania, communicating with others about her diagnosis is key. Severe asthma [flare-ups] in some cases, it looks very similar to poor health, he said. But this is a chronic illness I was born with. This is just something I live with and have dealt with. And I think it’s important for people to know because it determines the next steps. [They might ask] Do you need a water bottle or an inhaler? Do you need to take a break or will you be taken to the hospital? So I think letting the people around you know what’s going on, just in case something were to happen, makes a big difference to that as well.

Like Juanita, Janias’ journey has been marked by ups and downs, but she remains a steadfast advocate for asthma awareness and support in the black community. She hopes her story can be an inspiration to other women with asthma whose symptoms may not yet be under control. There is still life to live outside of severe asthma. It will always be there, but it is not meant to stop you from living your life. That’s why learning to manage it and having a support system around you is so important.

By sharing their journeys, Juanita and Jania hope to encourage others to accept their disease, get an appropriate treatment plan from a doctor or asthma specialist such as a pulmonologist or allergist, and contribute to improving asthma awareness and support, not just in black circles. in the community, but for all persons with severe asthma.

Read more stories from others like Juanita and Jania on Amgen.com or visit Uncontrolled Asthma In Black Women | BREAK THE ROUND to find support and resources.

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