Blockbuster princess Kim Chiu and Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez recounted their struggles with asthma and how they were able to overcome it during the presscon of "Win Against Asthma" campaign held last February 5 in Makati City.
Kim Chiu related that she had asthma when she was very young.
Her condition improved for a few years, and then her asthma recurred in her teens.
“I was 16 years old… I had just started in showbiz. Lagi akong puyat.
"I was also into dogs that time. Ang nag-trigger sa asthma ko yung fur ng dogs and yung air sa taping.
“After that, I kept on coughing and coughing, yung cough na parang may lalabas ng tao sa throat ko.
"I consulted a doctor, he said I have mild asthma.
"He gave me a prescription ng gamot and nebulizer, which I bring with me everywhere I go, kahit mabigat siya.”
GET ACTIVE. Kim encouraged asthmatics to live a healthier and active lifestyle because this can help lessen the attacks.
“Yes, [nakatulong ang gym] kasi nag-open yung lungs.
“Do a lot of physical activities like running, or swimming. It’s a big help,” she advised.
She also recalled her worst asthma attack during the taping of her Kapamilya soap, Ikaw Lamang.
“Nagkaroon ako ng asthma attack sa dagat, shooting namin ng teleserye and it was late at night.
“Na-trigger yung asthma ko that time tapos malayo yung car and I didn't have my PA with me to get me my nebulizer.
“Umiiyak talaga ako kasi masama na yung breathing ko, tapos ang tigas na ng hands ko.
"After that, may isang staff sa taping, meron siyang pang-puff, she gave it me.
"So after that nag-open up na ang lungs ko. It saved my life!
"Hindi talaga joke to have asthma. Yun yung super worst, kasi nasa dagat kami," Kim Chiu said.
“There are triggers everywhere you go. You have to take it seriously, you have to bring medication everywhere you go.”
ASTHMATIC OLYMPIAN. Who would have thought that Olympian Michael Martinez suffers from asthma? He was diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis when he was just two months old.
In a live phone interview, Michael shared his asthma story with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
“At first, my mom was worried. Ang dami kasing factors sa figure-skating that can trigger asthma.
"The cold temperature, the actual routine, the jumping, spinning, the step sequence, all these can trigger asthma.”
He said he was always in the hospital until it was discovered that the cold rink actually helped improve his health.
“Year after year, my health kept improving.
"So my mother supported me to continue skating, saying it's better to spend money on skating than spend it in the hospital," he said.
WINNING OVER ASTHMA. Kim Chiu said asthmatics can enjoy everyday activities; asthma should not hold them back.
"Being asthmtic doesn't make you less of a person," she said.
“If you want to pursue a dream, you should dream big.
"And huwag mong i-prevent yung self mo to do whatever you want because of asthma.
"As long as you take your maintenance medicine, get guidance from your doctor, you can do whatever you want.”
For his part, Michael revealed that he has so many plans in figure-skating to let asthma get in the way, especially now that he has learned to control his condition.
“Salamat sa all-out support ng mother ko, following my doctor’s advice, and taking my asthma meds," he said.
“To manage the problem, I will continue working with an asthma specialist to get effective treatment.”
Thus, the "Winners Against Asthma" campaign aims to choose and recognize 10 young asthmatic achievers from different walks of life.
The advocacy also introduces Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez as the new face of the campaign.
For more details, check: https://www.facebook.com/winagainstasthma