Hey! Welcome to the team.
First off, congratulations for speaking about your fears. These things can eat at you, the fear. Speaking about it helps.
The first thing you need to do is actually go to get that diagnosis. I wasn't diagnosed for years after my symptoms manifested. I thought I was a lazy weakling (I was a small child). I had a bunch of health problems that could have been prevented if my asthma had been diagnosed. It might be emotionally scary, but a diagnosis will make the logistics of living way easier!
As for your fear, you don't need to be afraid. If you haven't been in the hospital for being unable to breathe yet, your asthma is probably one of the less dangerous cases. You might be like me, and only have athlete's asthma or a mild case. Even if it's just developing, it'd still be early on in the disease, before the scarring gets weird. You're coming at it at a good time and should be able to prevent any trouble.
You might have to take regular inhalers. I personally rejected those due to a few problems. I will probably regret it later, but the message to take away from this is that you're in control of your own treatment. If you aren't comfortable with something you don't have to take it. You can get second opinions, too. Your doctors aren't going to take control of your life, you are.
Once we learned about my asthma, everything got easier. Exercise got easier because I learned what I could and couldn't do. I was able to reach out to other asthma sufferers (survivors?) like you did to get tips. Suddenly my inability to run any distance was a problem to solve rather than a point of shame.
Sure, I still get random coughing spells and days when I just can't get enough breath. Sure, sometimes I have bad asthma attacks and can't breathe. I've even gone to the hospital once or twice, though I was always home within a few hours. But mostly I lead the same life I lead before, even a little fitter. My asthma is part of why I didn't overdo it on day one of my spark diet, part of why I'm limiting myself to only going slow on the bike. The one day I did speed up, I hurt my legs. At least I didn't do that early on, when my legs were less conditioned. The injury would have been way worse.
I won't say my asthma's helped me, but it's just something I've lived with most of my life, and it's never been just endgame. It's been about 14 years since my diagnosis and my quality of life is a lot better since. Now, adjusting to a new asthma diagnosis as an adult is something I've never experienced... but don't be afraid. It's just a new, fairly small, obstacle. Your doctor can help you make it smaller.
Also, just to encourage you... I had a friend in college who ran cross country. His asthma was about five times worse than mine! He even had random attacks due to environmental triggers, something I typically don't get. This guy could run crazy mileage, was an athlete in like two different high school sports and one college one. He's an asthma success story. His secret? Taking his medication as prescribed and never giving up.
Also, if you're looking for inspiring athletes with asthma, look up Jackie-Joyner Kersee. She was one of my heroes as a kid, even before I was diagnosed.
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