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Sandi Hulst Grandmother on the Move Diagnosed with EIB (Exercise Induced Brochospasm

April 19, 2013
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I remember having a hard time breathing and wheezing all through my childhood.  A simple game of hide and seek could cause an attack.  Everything from running, riding a bike or swimming could turn into a fight for my breath. When my own kids were young, my breathing continued to worsen. Nothing seemed to work to relax my lungs.  My family was concerned for my health and never would have guessed that I would be able to become athletically active later in my life.  Not being able to breathe or participate in normal athletic activities growing up was frustrating and the hardest part of having exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). I couldn’t play with my friends as was forced to sit out of sports that I loved. After I had children, I started living vicariously through them. They were able to participate in athletics in a way that I never could when I was younger. It wasn’t until I was 52 years old that my son challenged me to jog.  Initially, I didn’t push myself too hard, but slowly I built up my endurance and started jogging on a regular basis.  This past summer at age 55, I ran in eight 5K’s. Many of these were with my children.  For the first time in my life, I am able to participate in activities with my children rather than just watching them from the sidelines, and it feels great! My parents and my doctor didn’t believe me when I told them what I was doing.  I may not be the fastest runner in the group, but I have overcome so much and have the most heart.  This coming summer, I have a new goal and that is to run a 20-K called the Dam to Dam in Des Moines, Iowa. This race takes place on my 56th birthday. My daughters are running this with me and even though they may be way ahead, when I cross that finish line, that will be my Olympic moment. Sandi’s message to aspiring athletes of all ages: My advice to people with EIB is to not let life pass you by. The words “I can't” shouldn’t be in your vocabulary. Start being active when you are young, not after you are 50 – although it is never too late to start being active.  I am buying a bike this spring with the hopes of participating in Ragbrai - the bike ride across Iowa. Follow your dreams. If this little old lady with five kids and three grandchildren can accomplish her goals, so can you!  P.S. I see a triathlon in my future too! Why Not?

APOLO ANTON OHNO AND TEVA RESPIRATORY ANNOUNCE FINALISTS IN NATIONAL EIB ALL STARSTM CONTEST Short-Track Speed Skating Champion Encourages Public to Vote for Winner at Apolo Anton Ohno and Teva Respiratory have announced ten finalists in the EIB All Stars contest, part of a national awareness campaign celebrating the determination and accomplishments of people living with exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).  EIB is an underdiagnosed condition affecting an estimated 30 million Americans, which causes the airways in the lungs to temporarily narrow during or after aerobic exercise, making it difficult to breathe.  As part of his involvement in the campaign, Ohno is asking the public to visit and vote for the EIB story that they find most inspiring. The finalist’s story receiving the most votes will win a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet with Ohno. People living with EIB, their family members and caregivers submitted personal stories about how EIB has affected their lives to A panel of healthcare professionals, athletic trainers, and EIB advocates evaluated all submissions and selected ten finalists based on presentation, creativity and inspiration. The finalists and highlights of their stories include: •Sandi Hulst from Gladbrook, IA is an active grandmother who enjoys running and cycling •Brijet Finister from Stockton, CA is a college track athlete and professional cheerleader •Darcie Moloshock from Ambler, PA is an avid ice skater and recreational cyclist •Heidi Hecker from Merrick, NY nominated her son, an all-around high school varsity athlete •Linda Piotrowski from Rogers, AR nominated her daughter, a champion swimmer •Lisa Bashford from Fort Wayne, IN is an energetic mother of two who enjoys running competitively  •Lora Orme from Lake Monticello, VA a motivated and health-oriented gym owner  •Monica Hawkins from Webster Groves, MO nominated her daughter, an avid runner, skier and racquetball champion  •Robert Stranahan from Colonie, NY is a stand-out college student pursuing a degree in physical education •Zachary Mulhaul from Wayne, NJ is a college student and determined soccer player “Exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, and for those diagnosed with EIB, symptoms of the condition may discourage them from participating in aerobic sports like soccer and basketball, or exercises such as running, swimming or cycling,” said Dr. Jonathan Parsons, Associate Director of the Ohio State University Asthma Center and contest judge. “The EIB All Stars contest finalists demonstrate that with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, people living with EIB can fully engage in their favorite activities with less concern that the condition will force them to sit on the sidelines.” One winner will be named the 2013 EIB All Star based on public voting. Voting is open to all U.S. citizens at now through May 10, 2013 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Please visit the site to learn more about the finalists and to view full voting rules and regulations. The winner of public voting will be announced on on or around May 20, 2013. About Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm (EIB) Exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) is a temporary narrowing of the airways during or after exercise that can make it difficult to breathe. EIB is a treatable condition that may be triggered by breathing in air that is cooler and drier than the air in your lungs. Common symptoms of EIB include shortness of breath, chest tightness, trouble getting a deep breath, wheezing or noisy breathing, coughing, and decreased exercise endurance.  An individual with EIB can experience one or more of these symptoms during or immediately following physical activity. EIB can impact exercise performance and people with EIB may become discouraged, frustrated or embarrassed and reduce or eliminate physical activity from their lifestyle. While the symptoms are similar, EIB is different from asthma. EIB symptoms are temporary and may be triggered by aerobic activity, while asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation of the large and small airways. Overall, it is estimated that EIB affects about 80-90 percent of children and adults with asthma, and an estimated over 30 million people in the United States.  About Apolo Anton Ohno Apolo Anton Ohno is the most decorated American winter athlete of all-time. He was the youngest-ever U.S. short-track speed skating National Champion at the age of 14 and went on to become a 12-time National Champion.  He is the top American in the sport and the face of the short-track speed skating globally.  He is one of only four Americans to have won three medals in a single winter international games. Since making history on the ice in Vancouver in 2010, Ohno has transitioned his athleticism to competing in and winning one of America’s most watched reality shows, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” with his then partner, Julianne Hough. Their performances during Season 4 of the hit reality show remain some of the most talked about performances in the show’s long-standing history, earning him the opportunity to compete in the first “All-Star Cast” of “Dancing with the Stars” in the fall of 2012. Today, Ohno continues to transcend beyond sport as he launches a successful career in broadcasting, first as an on-air reporter for NBC during the 2012 Olympic Games in London and now as the host of the game show, “Minute to Win It,” which will begin airing in the summer of 2013. A professional speaker and The New York Times best-selling author of the book, “Zero Regrets,” Ohno travels the globe delivering his “Zero Regrets” presentation and philosophy towards all aspects of life – to audiences around the world. About the EIB All Stars Coalition The EIB All Stars Coalition is comprised of Teva Respiratory and three advocacy partners that have demonstrated their commitment to public awareness of EIB and other respiratory conditions: Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).The EIB All Stars Coalition was formed in an effort to further EIB education and understanding through outreach to each organization’s memberships, publications, advocacy and community events. Additional information about their missions and services can be found on their individual websites:, and About Teva Respiratory  Teva Respiratory is the U.S.-based respiratory subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:  TEVA). Teva Respiratory’s core focus on safety, quality and customers has produced some of the most successful treatment options for people with asthma, exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms.  For more information on Teva Respiratory and its products, visit    



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