Helping my son (and me) breathe easier

Christian receives treatments every 2 weeks at Akron Children's to help reduce the severity of his allergies.

Christian receives treatments every 2 weeks at Akron Children’s to help reduce the severity of his allergies.

My son Christian is just like any other 12-year-old. He loves being outside. He loves playing sports. But it hasn’t always been easy for him. He has severe allergies, the kinds that threaten his life.

That’s why I’m so thankful to have the pulmonary medicine department at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. It has the resources my son needs to keep him healthy, right here in our backyard.

It was there that Dr. Heather Strawbridge figured out Christian doesn’t have regular asthma – he has a rare autoimmune disorder in which his body attacks itself at the slightest hint of an allergen. He’s allergic to things in the air, latex – you name it and he’s probably allergic.

Now, every two weeks, Christian receives treatments at the hospital’s new pediatric pulmonary function lab in Boardman. The medicine goes into his blood stream and helps to create antibodies to protect him.

We can’t get rid of his asthma or allergies, but the treatment helps reduce the severity of a reaction and allows his body to heal from the inside out.

Each visit lasts two or three hours. The doctors, nurses and technicians are wonderful. This isn’t a fun process for Christian, but they’re so good at making him comfortable.

Plus, he knows this gives him the best chance at normal life. Christian knows everyone there on a first-name basis, the equipment is the latest and greatest; I couldn’t ask for a better place to take my son.

Abrigg family

Abrigg family

We’re lucky to have a resource like Akron Children’s pulmonary medicine department in Mahoning Valley. We no longer have the same level of anxiety and stress.  I feel so much better knowing that when things come up, I’ve got a place to go that will provide a solution.

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