CLAREMONT resident Olivia Lowson has experienced flare ups and life threatening moments with asthma since her diagnosis at age three.
“It’s really scary to experience it and when it happens, it happens very quickly – it feels like if you’re breathing through a straw,” Miss Lowson said.
The 20-year-old decided to study nursing at Notre Dame University after her great experiences with health professionals during her struggle with the condition.
“I loved the nurses and all the health professionals that would look after me so I thought I know how it feels to be that vulnerable position and I wanted to help people who are feeling the same,” she said.
“I was a lot worse with it when I was younger but as I’ve gotten older it’s more controlled now.”
Miss Lowson will host a free event Gratitude Art Exhibition, on April 7, with the help of Linton and Kay Galleries,
Over 45 artworks crafted by 20 WA artists will be displayed at her family’s Claremont home to raise funds for Asthma Foundation WA.
“It is thanks to Asthma WA and the other parts of the health system such as our GP and respiratory specialist, that we have been able to manage Olivia’s condition,” Olivia’s mum Suzannah said.
Miss Lowson said her friends would sometimes be unaware of how serious her condition was, which is why she believed spreading awareness was important.
“A lot of people can die from it which is why it’s important for me to run this event and help people become aware asthma can kill and we should raise money for it,” she said.
WHAT: Gratitude Art Exhibition.
WHERE: 23 Airlie Street, Claremont.
WHEN: April 7 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
TICKETS: Free admission.