Jacob M.

Jacob M.

Lorrie M. refers to her family’s allergist as “an angel.” Lorrie credits their allergist with turning her son Jacob’s life around from his health to his grades and confidence.

“Everyone in our family has asthma,” Lorrie says. “Jacob has severe food allergies, allergic asthma, and exercise-induced asthma. About three years ago, he was a mess. He was missing school a lot, and even though he always had doctors’ notes, his school called the district attorney to report his high number of absences. On top of all that, he has a learning disability. We needed to get him healthy so he could go to school. I was desperate.”

Lorrie and Jacob first visited their allergist “in tears,” Lorrie says. “I felt like Jacob had tried all the known asthma and allergy medications in the world and was only getting worse. To be honest, I was scared.” The allergist worked with Jacob’s family to come up with the best treatment for him, and even helped the family deal with insurance companies to make sure they could get the medication he needed.

“I truly believe that our allergist has improved Jacob’s quality of life,” Lorrie says. “That day we came into her office, I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now Jacob is 14, a freshman in high school — and his GPA has gone from 1.76 to 3.5! His asthma is under control. Our allergist’s guidance has saved us trips to the emergency room and improved Jacob’s attendance and performance at school. Now we feel like he finally has a chance to live. Jacob is so grateful for her and her compassion.”

This patient successfully found relief after seeing an allergist, but the patient’s photograph is not available to respect the patient’s privacy and identity.