'Feeling Healthy for the First Time in My Life'
Ally Curry was sick "from the moment I was born." Suffering from severe asthma and allergies, Ally was on oral steroids and a nebulizer before her first birthday. She was taking antibiotics more often than she was off them, and she and her parents lived in constant fear of a life-threatening allergic reaction.
"I was getting worse," Ally says. "I was on every treatment I could be on, and it didn’t seem like there was anywhere left to turn.
"Ally wasn’t growing, and her parents worried about the side effects from all of her treatments. At her annual check-up, Ally’s pediatrician told her parents about National Jewish Health.
Within a few weeks, she and her mom traveled from their home in California to Denver, where doctors uncovered that Ally had severe reflux that had damaged her esophagus. They also confirmed that she had severe asthma and allergies.
Ally began commuting to National Jewish Health for her care, flying back and forth every two weeks. Eventually, Ally and her family moved to Denver so she could participate in an asthma study.
"I remember feeling healthy for the first time in my life," Ally says. "My whole family feels like National Jewish Health was a turning point in my life."
Now married with two children, Ally’s husband’s job takes them to many different cities in the United States, and she still seeks the expert care from doctors who were trained at National Jewish Health.
"Every time we move, I call National Jewish Health and I ask if there is a doctor in the area who trained there."