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Hello, I live in a relatively rural area with a highway near by. They want to move a toll booth near my house, which is adjacent to an unaffected watershed. We are concerned about how the pollution will affect us and the vernal pools near by. Read more...
I've been living in Springville the last 9 years. I'm from South America. I never suffered allergies before, but I'm worse every day. Read more...
My son Jesse is 11-years-old and was diagnosed with asthma at 18 months of age. It is a condition we must work to keep under control each and every day through medication and lifestyle adjustments. While we control for every possible asthma trigger for which we can be responsible inside our home, I cannot control the quality of the air Jesse breathes when he steps outside. Read more...
I have had chemical sensitivities since childhood and I don't get included in the numbers of people who are affected by air pollution. Yet, it affects me so much that at times I have to wear a mask when going out or I am forced to stay home running my very expensive air purifiers. Whenever I get to enjoy clean air, I feel so much better and remember, “This is who I am.” Read more...
This year, my husband had a double lung transplant at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia at the age of 33. We live in Bordentown, NJ and air quality is extremely important to us in order to protect his new lungs and very special gift of life. Read more...
I have very bad allergies. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I have a family history of congestive heart failure, strokes, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy. Read more...
I have chronic bronchitis and cannot go outside when our air quality is bad. We have several days per year that puts our air quality in the unhealthy range. Stop air pollution and put higher restrictions on companies polluting our air. Clean air affects everyone. Read more...
I have COPD. Read more...
It matters because I have a grandson with severe asthma. There are lots of trees on our property. He already deals with the triggers from the trees. If there is a possibility that he is also exposed to air pollutants on top of that, it would be very bad for his lungs. Read more...
I have reactive airway disease and have been told if the air doesn’t change in Atlanta, I’ll need to move. Read more...
I have adult onset asthma that is difficult to control despite taking multiple medications. I have three to four major asthma attacks a year and probably twice as many where I don't need to see a doctor. Air quality is a significant trigger for my asthma. Read more...
I'm concerned about the air quality in the city of Menahga, because I have asthma and I'm suffering a great deal. I'm on a medication, and I can't use albuterol. I’m wheezing and coughing to the point that my chest hurts. Read more...
Imagine a fish trying to breathe in the mud. I have NEVER had allergies or respiratory sensitivities until I moved to Knoxville, which has a problem with dirty air. I now have headaches, dizziness, stinging eyes and shortness of breath on certain days. Read more...
I've never had asthma like this. Previous to 2014, I averaged one attack per year due to pollen. Since 2013, it's so much worse. I found out the state of Texas barely regulates-- time to demand clean air. Read more...
Even though I have no diagnosed medical condition, I am sensitive to particle pollution and ground level ozone before the levels even hit yellow. I looked longingly at my bicycle today and decided not to ride, because I knew I would come back fatigued, dizzy, and short of breath. Read more...
I love to breathe! Living in Miami, Florida the heat is hot, but it’s refreshing. I live in Philadelphia now, and the heat is heavy and wears me out, almost making me very sick sometimes. Read more...
I'm an idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patient. Pollution of outdoor as well as indoor air is the principal cause of the inflammatory process in my lungs, which leads to scarring and decreased lung function. Knowing how each pollutant affects the course of the disease and the amount of each present in the local atmosphere might help caregivers and health authorities in planning the measures to be taken in order to better protect the population. Read more...
Before I moved to Tucson, I lived in northern California for many years. I was near the ocean and the winters were wet with lots of rain, fog, mold, and mildew, but my respiratory system functioned fairly well. I do have asthma, but I generally have had no significant problems. Tucson is another story. Read more...
COPD is making my life difficult; the air pollution is very hard to deal with just now with the high temperatures in Kingman, AZ. Read more...
I suffer from chronic seasonal sinus infections ever since I relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2009 from Santa Cruz, CA. So far, I am fortunate that I do not get sicker. Read more...
I am 60 and have had asthma since age 2. I am fit, swimming both masters and running 4-6 miles. Recently, my asthma that once controlled has worsened. I have been prescribed prednisone for sic weeks now and am looking at another four weeks. Read more...
Air quality is important to me because I have two girls ages 7 and 9 that need asthma medications twice every day to breathe. A year ago my 9-year-old came out of her room holding her throat mouthing that she couldn't breathe. I called 9-1-1, and they had her breathing oxygen and on the way to the hospital; it was the scariest moment in my life. Read more...
When my partner and I decided to look for a new community where we could raise our daughters, the top priority on our list was air quality. Maylie, who is 9 and has cystic fibrosis. We work very hard to manage Maylie’s condition and to keep her lungs as healthy as possible. Our days are full of respiratory therapy; our cupboards are bursting with medications and nebulizers to stay one small step ahead of lung disease. However, the most basic of issues is still standing tall in front of us. The air we breathe has an effect on her life expectancy. Read more...
I want cleaner air for everyone. I have COPD in the late stage, and it is so hard for me to breathe. If it is humid out, I cannot go outside. I have to be on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more...
Several years ago I was diagnosed with borderline asthma. Recently my doctor told me that I was also being monitored for COPD. Clean air has always been important to me. I am the only member in my immediate family that has never smoked, and I still have lung issues. Read more...
On September 28 2014, I was admitted to the ER with respiratory failure at just 44-years-old. I was on life support for five days. I have COPD, and I want to live longer to see my kids and grandkids grow up. Read more...
My husband is a disabled veteran. He was exposed to burn pits while in Afghanistan, as well as being run over by a 4-ton truck. He is only 30-years-old, but is in such poor health that the Air Force medically retired him. Read more...
I have a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), which is a life-threatening and life-shortening condition for which lung infections are common. Repeated infections can cause permanent damage in the form of scar tissue, often leading to lung failure over time. Read more...
Every day I struggle to breathe. I have asthma. Auto fumes and dust from sand are the worst. The clear sky and sun are wonderful. In recent years constant coughing has become routine. I now am limiting my exposure to many environments. Big pharma increasing inhaler co-payments and pricing has added never-ending stress. Read more...
I have COPD and high ozone imprisons me in my house. COPD makes my allergies, which I did not have before unbearable. Public officials here do nothing. The EPA visits and we talk, but local officials stay away. Read more...
As a child I was very active and strong. The air quality in Utah and pollution from coal burning etc. did have an effect. I was very ill several times in my childhood and teen years, not attributing it to pollution, because we didn't know this back then. Read more...
I have children, and I experience sinus, allergy and asthma issues myself. We have a paper mill in the town that provides jobs and revenue, but I want to know if and how our air is being affected since so many homes have mold, and so many children and adults have respiratory, sinus and allergy issues in our area. I would also like to know if it affects other health factors, as I hope to live a long life, and I also want my children to be healthy. Read more...
I moved into a five story York Housing Authority run low-income senior and disability apartment building (75 apartments) in August of 2012. We have a sister property next door consisting of townhouses for low-income families with children and another a couple miles down the road. Read more...
I have advocated for a clean and safe environment since I was old enough to do anything about it. I have always tried to live a healthy life and do all I could to keep our planet healthy. I am sixty-seven now and am dying from a blood cancer, and I am convinced from extensive research on my cancer that I contracted it simply by living and breathing in a toxic environment that for the most part is impossible to avoid. Read more...
I have had asthma, since childhood, so I have always been concerned about the air I breathe. Lately, I have heard of uncovered coal transport through the Portland metro area as well as pollution from China from burning coal. Read more...
I was born and raised it Bakersfield, CA. Luckily, I've traveled and seen good air quality! Most people are stuck in the Valley and don't realize the difference! I do, and my health definitely does! Read more...
In 2010, at age 42, I was diagnosed with stage III lung cancer. My life has been forever changed. The side effects from chemotherapy and radiation have made it impossible for me to ever return to work. I can’t even walk around the block without lugging an oxygen tank with me. Trying to make it up and down the stairs in my own house is a challenge every day. Read more...
I live in a 7th floor apartment with lots of large windows in Boise, Idaho. So when our air pollution is bad, I can see it immediately! I also have allergies and asthma, so I also feel and breathe it. Read more...
I have COPD/emphysema. I have been smoking for probably 50 years and am currently trying to quit. I am using the Chantix and it's proving better than any other methods I've tried. Alas, I am still smoking......less, but still smoking. I am trying to clean up my air and would like for the outside air to at least be clean. Read more...
I have COPD. I left Los Angeles because of the air 40 years ago. Both my parents were heavy smokers. I had whooping cough at age 4 in addition to five bouts with chronic bronchitis and pneumonia. Read more...
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