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Air quality matters to all of us. For our sophomore year science fair project at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, we evaluated the indoor air quality at our school and our competition cheerleading gym. What we learned about air quality, especially about outdoor air quality, really surprised us. Read more...
The air quality is so horrible in Nassau County. It has gotten exponentially worse in just a few short years. I smell it and feel it almost every day! Read more...
I am a 73-year-old lady who has never had any problems breathing. Over the last couple of years that has all changed since I have been diagnosed with asthma. I will do almost anything to prevent this from getting worse. I have no allergies; it's just the dirty air in Utah that has caused this. Looking for a place to move to find clean air. Read more...
I have multiple chemical sensitivity. I'm looking for a clean air place to live. Read more...
I had stage 1B lung cancer and never smoked. It’s going on 2 years now, and I pray that I never get it again. I believe I got it from the gas log fireplace. We have a home in NC and FL, and I am very sensitive to smoke or pollution in the air now. Read more...
Air is essential. I've lived with awful air conditions many times in my life. I grew up in a smokers' home. I had ear infections as a child. I lived in Kathmandu Nepal where we blew our noses and had black handkerchiefs because the air was so awful. When I moved to the Greater Boston Area, we thought we had a great apartment until we found out the walls and carpet was causing the kids' and my asthma. Read more...
I can remember in the mid 1960's, being on the playground of my elementary school in Carson, CA, having this absolutely burning sensation and would have to go to the nurse a lot. Inevitably, I would be sent home and wind up with either bronchitis or other pulmonary problems. Read more...
Due to air pollution, I have experienced inadvertent tears streaming from my eyes! I discovered it was high sulfur content in the air. Read more...
Clean air natters to me so that I can live a healthy life. We have no life without air to breathe. I wonder about and discuss this topic often. Read more...
I moved from Suffolk County, NY to Fulton County, GA in July of 1992 and developed heart disease, COPD, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes and anxiety panic disorder. Big mistake and too late to change. I am 78-years-old this year. Read more...
I am 64-years-old, and we have been in Houston for 6 years and will be leaving in 3 years if I don't die first. I had no problems with allergies or my lungs until I moved here. Read more...
Clean air is incredibly important to me because chronic lung disease runs in my family. I am 22-years-old and have lived in Boone County Kentucky for most of my life. My dad was diagnosed with COPD in his mid 40's and he is now 50. My dad is not a smoker, and his disease has developed due to a rare genetic disorder called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency that he and I both suffer from. Read more...
I have been concerned about the level of air pollution after reading an article about how terrible LA county pollution is. This concern was made worse after a weeklong visit to Big Bear Lake. During my stay there, my nasal drip and congestion disappeared. I hadn't notice this until my vacation was over. Now, I continuously have to clear my nose and throat from congestion. Read more...
I was so surprised to learn that only one city in my state had clean air. I think as one of the largest states on the coast with a reputation for forward thinking we can do better. Read more...
I am a woman of color who lives in an overburdened environmental justice community. There are approximately 83,000 individuals who live in Cicero and 72,000 are Latinos. Read more...
Clean air is vital to the health of the body, mind and soul. Air that has become contaminated does not provide the vitality or stimulation the mind needs so clear, cohesive thoughts can be enjoyed. It also fails to provide the relaxing refreshing sleep, which is necessary for restoration of the body and renewing of the mind. Read more...
I have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and I struggle to breathe even with the assistance of oxygen. I can tell the difference with the amount of moisture in the air and how it coincides with my ability to breathe effectively. Read more...
We used to live in Northern Utah where Logan was hospitalized a few times for acute asthma. We found that air pollution was his main trigger. The prednisone treatment would normally work well enough for him when it was needed just a few times a year. Read more...
When my son was very young, he was diagnosed with asthma. We were in a very polluted state at the time. Every time he went outside, he would cough and often have an asthma attack. Read more...
I was born and raised in Maryland and choose to go to school at Utah Valley U. I find it a huge problem that our air is rated negatively. The past two days in mid February, the smog has been visible and covers the mountains; I find this horrific. Read more...
I was born in 1959. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 17. Both of my grandfathers died of cancer the year after I was diagnosed. Read more...
Our daughter was first hospitalized with RSV at 4-weeks-old. Now 10 years later, she is suffering from serious health issues. We are currently looking to move but can’t seem to make the right decision on where to go. Read more...
I left my home in Dane County Wisconsin due to breathing difficulties. Not being able to breathe is a scary feeling and a constant struggle for me. Read more...
I have had a deep cough for about 3 to 4 years. A CT scan shows nothing except concha bullosa, but nothing that requires treatment. A chest x-ray along with a visit to the allergist produced the same results. Still, the cough comes and goes but stays most of the time. Coughing jags sap my strength. I'm tired a lot but just keep on trucking. What a way to live! Read more...
I have had asthma for over 34 years and developed heart disease 4 years ago. Outside air quality affects my ability to breathe. I’m sensitive to pollution. I do not like all the legal things allowed that contribute to poor outdoor air quality such as burning debris and old vehicles with dirty exhaust fumes. Mold in the air from too much rain and dampness is also hard on my lungs, but I suppose this goes with living in South Carolina. Read more...
Last year, I had the last two of SEVEN heart procedures. I am a diabetic, and I believe the bad air quality creates additional stress on my body. Read more...
I’ve always had allergies and been sensitive to air quality. Before I got married, I lived outside of Baltimore and worked in the city. I could definitely feel the change in how my lungs felt the closer I got to the urban core where there was a lot of pollution from industry and manufacturing. Read more...
The air that we breathe will help us to live longer verses bad air that will just help us to die faster than we would like. Read more...
I have lots of inhalant allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. I feel really terrible when air quality is bad. Read more...
My cousin has asthma and has to take so many treatments it is crazy. He has to go to the hospital almost every month to make sure he is okay. He is only 7-years-old. That makes me feel really bad, because we all can die from pollution. Read more...
As a Certified Nurse and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist for Mercy Hospital, I have seen hundreds of patients who suffer daily from symptom of asthma and COPD—and I myself struggle everyday with severe asthma. Read more...
I first realized that my daughter, Suzie, had severe asthma when she was two-years-old. Being a first-time parent, I can’t possibly describe the terror that came over us we saw our daughter’s little body gasping for breath. She stayed in the hospital a couple of nights – we felt so helpless Read more...
I just read (Reader's Digest, Oct. 2015) that "Elderly women in the 25 percent most polluted places had a decrease in white matter [brain] volume equal to one to two more years of aging compared with those in the 25 percent least polluted places." At my age, 73, when I'm eating organic, exercising, trying to be my best possible older self, it's frustrating to think my city's air is working against me. Read more...
I am very concerned about the air in Maryland and how it is affecting children and the elderly who have respiratory problems. With the new governor's plan and the coal plants, it's going to be unhealthier air, and that is not a good situation. What is the future to be in Maryland, more toxics in the air or not? I'm worried; we need to work harder on the policies to improve air quality, not diminish it. Read more...
My hometown in Adams County, Mississippi is very rural but also industrial. We had a lot of smoke stacks, a lot of factories and a lot of truck drivers. I didn’t give it much thought when I was growing up, but when my oldest daughter was born, she developed asthma and was always coughing and wheezing. More than once it got bad enough for her be admitted to the hospital. Read more...
Clean air maters to me. I have bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. Thirty percent of my lungs have holes, and since 2007, the bronchiectasis has spread into my left lung. Read more...
I have COPD and have had it for about 10 years with no known cause. Read more...
I have allergic asthma and have a hard time breathing California's dirty air--yuck!!!! I hope to move to Hawaii someday where the air is much cleaner! Read more...
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