Kristin Chenoweth shares asthma story

Kristin Chenoweth shares asthma story

Kristin Chenoweth will appear on the daytime medical show “The Doctors” Tuesday to speak publicly about her struggles with asthma and the new initiative she has started called “Know Your Count.” “The Doctors” airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on KOKI, channel 23, cable 5. Chenoweth first started having asthma symptoms in 2001, but it wasn’t until some time later, during a visit with her family in Oklahoma, that she was diagnosed with the disease. Know Your Count, in which Chenoweth has partnered with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Teva Respiratory, is an effort to launch the Know Your Count campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of asthma. Like many asthma sufferers, Chenoweth carries a rescue inhaler in the event of an attack. However, as she described on the show, there were times when she would need the inhaler and not realize it was empty. The Know Your Count initiative encourages those with asthma to use inhalers that include a dose counter. Chenoweth revealed in 2007 that she also suffers from Ménière’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that can cause vertigo, headaches and nausea, among other symptoms. Chenoweth will return to Oklahoma on March 13 to take part in “An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth,” a master class and concert event at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main St. It’s the first in a series of projects to be sponsored by the Kristin Chenoweth Fund for Arts and Education, a partnership with the Broken Arrow PAC Foundation. Proceeds from the event will help fund a trip for BA high school band, orchestra and choir students to perform at Carnegie Hall. Tickets for “An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth” are $20-$40, and available by calling 918-259- 5778 or at myticketoffice.com.