Kristin Chenoweth speaks out about asthma awareness

Kristin Chenoweth, an Oklahoma native, recently spoke out about her asthma.
By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer Published: March 25, 2014
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As a professional singer and actress, Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t have time to deal with asthma. But, like one in 10 Oklahomans, she doesn’t have a choice. Asthma is something the Oklahoma native has been living with for the past decade, the actress recently announced.

When an asthma attack comes on, Chenoweth’s airways can narrow so much that not enough oxygen can get into her blood and vital organs. In very severe attacks, asthma can be life threatening, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Chenoweth always carries an asthma inhaler, just in case.

“I count on my rescue inhaler with a dose counter to help me keep track of my remaining doses,” Chenoweth said in a news release.

Chenoweth has teamed up with asthma foundation and Teva Respiratory as the spokeswoman for a national awareness campaign — “Know Your Count” — which is aimed at educating asthma patients and caregivers about the importance of keeping track of the remaining doses in their rescue inhalers.

“Around 9/11, I began to suffer with not being able to get my breath, (I had) chronic chest colds that turned into walking pneumonia,” Chenoweth said on a recent episode of the TV show “The Doctors.”

“Finally, I went to the doctor in Oklahoma, I was visiting my parents,” she said. “My mom said ‘You’re wheezing and coughing all the time. You’re not yourself.’”

So Chenoweth saw a doctor who prescribed her a rescue inhaler, which usually helped, she said.

But sometimes, she’d wonder why the inhaler didn’t seem to help her asthma attacks.

“When I first started, I was like ‘Why isn’t it working?’ It’s because you’re out, you idiot,” she joked.

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