> Footballer David Beckham (37) was private about his asthma for a long time, until he was photographed using an inhaler. Afterwards he said he was happy that the news of his condition would encourage other asthmatics to play sport.
> Hollywood star Sharon Stone (54) has had her share of medical troubles, including suffering a brain haemorrhage and enduring three miscarriages. She has also lived with asthma from childhood -- yet it hasn't held her back from a successful film career.
>Rugby player Ronan O'Gara (35) was diagnosed with asthma as a child. He said: "Asthma has always been an issue, especially growing up, from six to 12, it was a big part of my life." His career highlights the fact that once asthma is controlled, you can achieve your goals.