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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...
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