I was very sick when I was younger. I had 8 medications I took on a daily basis and I frequented ear, nose, & throat specialist, the asthma specialist, our family dr. Unfortunately, the “best plan” laid out by each professional contradicted the other. The ear, nose, & throat specialist said tubes. The asthma specialist said no tubes. The asthma guy thought that swimming would help. After hours of research my parents decided to put me on the local club team. The first year I asked everyday if we had to go because I hated it so much. My mom almost always said yes. By the end of the first year I was healthy enough to stop taking all of my medication. For the first time, despite my appearance (I was short, frail, and my hair wouldn’t grow) I was not horribly ill.