Kyle Clarke and Family Tackle Asthma in Toronto

November 30, 2009

Kyle Clarke and Family Tackle Asthma in Toronto

Kyle's Story, by Kyle Clarke

Hello my name is Kyle Clarke and I am 12 years old.

I live with asthma every day!

I was diagnosed with asthma at 4 years old.

I was too young at that time to know what it meant…all I knew is that I couldn’t breathe so well sometimes!

Over the years I have learned a lot about Asthma and how to manage it better. I have learned how to control it through my many medications, exercise and avoiding things I am allergic to.

Over the years my Doctors and the Credit Valley Hospital Asthma Education Department - have helped me understand and manage my asthma better.

They have helped me keep my Asthma under control so I can do all the things I love to do and live an active life and play all the sports I love!!!

Even though I have asthma I don’t let it stop me from doing the things I love to do!!

One of the things I love to do most is play hockey!

I am Captain of the AAA Mississauga Rebels Peewee hockey team. This will be my 3rd year with the Rebels….but I have played elite hockey since I was 5.

I am on the ice about 4-6 times a week. And I do not let Asthmas stop me from playing!

I believe staying active helps me stay fit and also helps me control my Asthma. 

My love of hockey keeps me going- especially sometimes when I don’t feel like I can.

My battle against Asthma hasn’t been easy over the years.

I have been hospitalized 4 times over the past 4 years-- for a week or more each time.

I have also made many trips to the Emergency Room…because I couldn’t breathe and my puffers weren’t helping!

I have to say- that is the scariest feeling…not being able to get a breath!!!

At times I felt like I was going to die!

Even though I have had some difficult episodes with my Asthma this year…

I feel that I have a better control of it.

And this year I was not admitted to the hospital for the first time in 4 years! For me -this is a victory!!!

I would like to send one message to parents and their kids living with Asthma….

Being diagnosed with Asthma doesn’t mean your life is over-

-it doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love!

It may be more difficult day to day…but you can control it

– you can live an active, healthy productive life!

You just have to learn how to manage it.

Parents: please let your kids participate in the sports they Love! It can only help them!