You likely already know that asthma isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ condition – everyone’s experience is as unique as the individual themselves.
Define Your Asthma, supported by GSK, aims to help people living with severe asthma with their own specific challenges. But what if you could find out how others with severe asthma around the world are doing? What if you could ask an international community for their advice on managing their condition?
That was the inspiration for the Define Your Asthma guide, the result of a global survey of people living with severe asthma, responding in four languages from 63 countries.
It brings together the thoughts, feelings, tips and tricks from this community, and we cannot thank them enough for sharing their experiences.
We hope their advice supports you, and empowers you to start a conversation – whether that’s with your family and friends, employer or your doctor.
Most of all, we hope you feel that – while your experience of asthma may be unique – you’re certainly not alone.
Tonya Winders, President and CEO, Global Allergy & Airways Patient Platform
“I would say that it is like having to live with only half a lung, everything is harder … you are also afraid that pushing yourself a lot will give you an [asthma] attack.” (Panama, 52)
“Rest when I feel I can’t breathe, tell other people to slow down.” (Spain, 37)
“Be upfront. There is absolutely no shame in having asthma.” (South Africa, 29)
Define Your Asthma is led and coordinated by Global Allergy and Airways Patient Platform (GAAPP) in partnership with their member organisations. The campaign is supported by GSK, via independent communication agency support and an educational grant.