Karine recalls the activities she was forced to avoid as a child because of her severe asthmatic reactions.
Probably one of the more significant, more memorable for me was grade school and phys ed. I didn’t get to go to phys ed. I think it was like two or three times a week. We would all break from our normal studies, math, reading, and science and we’d go to phys ed class where everybody would get to play four square, go play flag football, or whatever the activity was for day. And I got to go to the library, or I got to go work in the front office, which in and of themselves were kind of cool experiences, but I was the only kid that did that.
Everybody else got to go and run around, break a sweat, have a good time. They were together as a group. It was a chance to socialize, and I was always kind of the outcast because I didn’t get to do that, and I was by myself, and I missed out on all of that activity. That was probably the most significant thing for me.
And then kind of a similar story for you, I can remember going to my friend’s house, maybe going for a sleepover or something, and always having to take my inhaler and always having to make sure it was with me. And you know, maybe we got to giggling too much, that whole laughing thing again. I’d have to stop and excuse myself and go find my bag and get my inhaler and use it to keep me from having a severe asthma attack. So it was always a bummer. I always kind of felt like the odd kid. I wasn’t like everybody else. I didn’t fit in. There was something that was wrong with me, was kind of how I felt.
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