Motherhood and Asthma

sherifa
Posted September 15, 2017 from Kenya

It is not easy being asthmatic ,but its even harder being a mother. The pain of knowing that you cannot leave the house without an inhaler is real.You try to hide your condition because you do not want to people to pity you. For me it wasvery had to always be careful with my health. It still is.

When I got pregnant everyone had one fear;I would not have the strength to push during labor.To me the biggest fear was my child inheriting my condition.During my pregnancy , I would get frequent and unexpected attacks. This scared the doctors. When I went to labor, doctors almost refused to admit me.I convinced them that I was strong and did not need an operation.

I was too weak to push my baby and she almost left me.When the midwife told me that my baby was in danger,all the strength I had inside come out at once, and I gave birth.

Everyone home was shocked to know that I did it.Now the next problem was that my daughter showed signs of getting asthma.I became overprotective and scared.Whenever she would get a cold I would cry and ask God to interveen. She is now a year and three months and very healthy.I thank God everyday.

She gives me reason to take care of myself and to accept myself the way I am.Even when I am sick,I get up and act strong because of her.I know that my condition will be better because I have someone to live for.She is my rock!

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Jill Langhus
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 15, 2017

Hi Sherifa. Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your loving and inspiring story. Looking forward to seeing more stories from you.

Nakinti
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 15, 2017

Dear Sherifa,

You are one strong woman. Your daughter, too, is. She is going to grow into the resilient and fierce fighter that you are. She must not inherit you, she is her own person. Thank God you did it, for her, and for you. Send me warm greetings to your pretty daughter. Keep taking care of your self, my sister.

Love

Nakinti

sherifa
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 16, 2017

Hi Nakinti.

Thank you for the motivation.I will send your greetings to her and tell her its her aunt.

Sherifa

Beth Lacey
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 17, 2017

Sherifa, I am sorry that you have to suffer but inspired by your dedication and drive to take care of your daughter.  I believe she is a blessing to you in more ways than one.

Beth

Feka
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Thanks very much, Sherifa for sharing your story