Asthma and the USMA

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  1. cmccollum93

    cmccollum93 New Member

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    Ok, first I'll lay out all the details. I'll start from when I was an infant. My first doctor did not want to diagnose me with asthma, because he thought it was just a small breathing problem and nothing serious; but then he retired and a new doctor took his place and then I went in while I was sick and had some breathing problems and she diagnosed me with asthma when I think I was 6 maybe. So she prescribed me with advair(preventative med) and albuderol(rescue inhaler), and since then I've had these meds, yet I haven't been using them in the past few years and have been fine. My next appointment with my doctor, I'm going to get off the inhalers officially. Now I am running cross country and am swimming for my school without any problems whatsoever. I can run 5-6 miles without any issues. Now I presume I'll be DQed for having medications after age 12, but how are my chances for getting a waiver?

    BTW, I'm a rising junior

    All I want to do is serve this beautiful nation, and have wanted that ever since I was a kid and I really don't want that dream to be taken away simply because I had a history of asthma.
     
  2. WAMom68

    WAMom68 Founding Member

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    etaylor2013 USMA Cadet

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    cmccollum93: e-mail Mr. Mullen. He was my personal savior throughout the entire DODMERB process. I also had a history of asthma starting at age 13 but I managed to get a waiver and report in less than a week! There is hope. It took me 5 months to get through the whole process but results were more than satisfactory! Good luck!
     
  4. soltaricynic

    soltaricynic New Member

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    yeah, i'd say ask DODMERB about it first (anonymously yes?) and if its not something you can get around, ask your doctor not to mention it in the medical history that he needs to fill out, seeing how its not a problem for you anymore.
     
  5. KPMum2012

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    Whatever you do, do NOT do that! DODMERB could request a copy of all of your medical records if there is something they want to check on. If they do, then they find out that you lied about your medical history. Our daughter had to submit her records back to age 10.

    As for the DODMERB and waiver process, it can be painful. But there are reasons for everything that is a DQ. And Mr. Mullen will help you navigate the waiver process. For those who are denied waivers, it can be frustrating. But the fact is, there are situations and stresses involved in military life that you don't know about and the DODMERB process is designed to take those into account.

    Good luck! It is possible to get a waiver for a diagnosis of asthma depending on the individual circumstances. (Our DD, a cross country and track athlete, did.) But it will depend on YOUR medical history. It's possible, but your mileage may vary. :wink:
     
  6. Just_A_Mom

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    cmccollum93 - I sent you a private message.
     

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