Hi Suthernbelle, haven't seen you for awhile.
I'm happy that you're symptom-free from your asthma and sincerely hope your good health continues, but I just want to point out that what works for one asthma sufferer doesn't always work for another.
Every case of asthma is different--part of what makes this disease so frustrating!--so while fighting your asthma w/out meds was worthwhile for you, that very same regimen could send someone else into severe respiratory distress.
I very strongly caution people NOT to just fight through their asthma, unless it is under a dr.'s supervision and you have immediate access to meds in case you need them. I'd never condone this for children under any circumstances. Not treating asthma flares usually leads to scar tissue build-up--and you have no way of knowing if that's happening inside your lungs unless you get a chest x-ray. Too much scar tissue can cause much more severe asthma later on in life and result in cases where bronchodilators alone don't work.
We have someone on this board, in fact---Rosie---whose undertreated asthma as a child led to her severe asthma today. She has to stay on oral steroids all the time b/c not much else works well for her. (Rosie, I apologize if I got any part of your story wrong!)
No offense meant, Suthernbelle. I appreciate your contribution to the board and EVERY voice adds to the dialogue, even if we don't agree. But I'd be surprised if ignoring asthma symptoms works for many other people w/out seeing their asthma rebound worse many years later.