The following artwork was produced by children and adolescents in various art therapy groups and individual sessions at National Jewish Health.
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Aaron, Age 14
When I first came to National Jewish Health, they did a whole lot of tests on me. Some were OK, but others were very scary. I think that this piece illustrates what I felt when I came across some of these tests (particularly the pH. probe).
Since I've been here, the syringe has stayed with me like a brother. Even though they sometimes hurt, I kept on telling myself it would be beneficial for me. It's ironic (isn't it) that one of the most stressful and boring things of National Jewish Health could also be a life-saving benefit for me.
Amanda, Age 9
This is my family going to the beach on a hot sunny day when I get better.
Ashley, Age 10
This is me dressed in uniform. I am going to nursing school so that I may help other people like myself with asthma problems.
Ashley, Age 13
I really like whales and dolphins. When I have an asthma attack and don't feel good, I like to think about whales and dolphins. It brings my spirit up and it makes me feel better.
When I am in asthma, I like to look at pictures and read articles about whales and dolphins. Basically, whales and dolphins help me with my asthma.
Bryce, Age 9
I am using my inhaler so I won't have asthma problems. I think my asthma looks like that.
Denise, Age 18
The asthma monster to me is like an unpredictable child. Eyes that watch your every move in order to throw a fit when you least expect it. He will suck away all your air with his large mouth in order to place the fear of not being able to breath inside of you. The asthma monster is more the fear of not being able to breathe.
Gianna, Age 13
This is my asthma monster. He is holding my spine because he made 15vertebra get compressed. The door says 'Asthma Monsters Welcome' because asthma can come at any time it chooses.
Ifeoma, Age 8
This is a picture of National Jewish Health. The kids and doctors are friendly.
James, Age 14
During my stay at National Jewish Health I learned to take my medicines and eat a healthy diet and got my asthma under control and this is what this picture represents.
Jason, Age 6
He wished upon a star. He wishes his asthma would go away.
Leslie, Age 16
It is a plaque that will remind me for the rest of my life of the joys and sorrows of my stay here at National Jewish Health. It also reminds me of people that did their best to make me better. I am forever grateful.
Mario, Age 15
The dolphin could control its enemies and is under control of its body. That's the way I want to be with my asthma: to control the wheezing, asthma attacks (enemies) and to be under control if it happens.
Michelle, Age 15
This hand has an IV and they are drawing some blood out so they can find out what kind of disease he has. This was fun to do because this IV did not hurt me.
Monique, Age 12
This drawing is about me and my asthma. It shows how I overcame an episode with my asthma. I am the moon on a calm day and then the cloud comes (which is the asthma) and tries to bring or wake up an attack. But the sun (which is me) comes and moves the cloud out of the way so I don't have an attack. This drawing is labeled 'Asthma.'
Whitney, Age 5
I felt like a mummy. It made me feel like someone else was sick too and I wanted to heal the bear.
Wendy, Age 16
Sometimes when you're having an asthma attack it helps to think about someplace where you feel or have felt safe and/or calm. This picture helps me to relax and take some time out.
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