Film & TV Actor
I came across this inspiring story of Priyanka Chopra revealing she has asthma and hence I thought I should also #OpenUpToAsthma and share my story. I absolutely love swimming. The moment I look at water, I just cannot control myself.
But for the past few years, I started having breathing issues, but since I thought it is because of my hectic life and polluted city, I never got myself checked. One day when I was swimming, I thought my breathing had completely stopped and I didn’t know what to do. Luckily my friend was with me who is asthmatic, understood the symptoms and suggested I should immediately get myself checked. I was not sure what the outcome would be but my friend’s reaction did scare me.
When my doctor told me that I have mild asthma and I have to use an inhaler whenever I have breathing problems. I was like, What? Why would I need it?
I definitely didn’t take it well and I also didn’t tell anyone, not even my family. My doctor had given me some breathing exercises and an inhaler. It was a very difficult time when it all started as it put me on break from swimming for a couple of weeks.
I have never spoken about my condition before. Infact I use my inhaler when no one is around. But now when I saw Priyanka’s video, I thought if she could open up, why am I hiding? What’s stopping me? Should I even be bothered as to what people will say or think?
And I thought I am way beyond that. I have made a successful career for myself and have never let anything stop me ever, not even asthma. I have always come out as a winner. Then why not just open up? #OpenUpToAsthma.
“My parents were doctors in the army, so we moved around a lot. One of the perks of having doctors as parents is that whenever you’re sick, they know what’s wrong, and more importantly, what needs to be done. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 5. It wasn’t a very big deal for me, as my parents normalized it at home. They taught me to use an inhaler and I just thought of it as a regular part of my life. If only it was that simple. More than dealing with asthma itself in school, I had to overcome the lack of awareness about asthma.