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Q&A with Kim Gladden

How did the diagnoses affect Kashaye's life?

She's a really active child. She does a lot of running. But [in the past] she couldn't be active because of her asthma. She would sit out of the games.

How would you characterize your experience with the health care system?

D.C. General did not inform me about certain things. They didn't emphasize the use of things like the peak flow meter, and other things I had to do daily to help my daughter.

How did you turn things around for Kashaye?

After the story in the Washington Post Magazine, I heard from Ellie Thornton, and since then we have been under the care of the Howard University outreach program. We began to get knowledgeable about medications and routines and we have made great progress. We had been going to the emergency room four to six times a year since she was age 4. Kashaye hasn't been to the E.R. in about a year [since she started going to Howard].
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