Shared Stories

We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air, and click here to submit your own.

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I am 75 and have lived in the four-corners area since 1992. I am not a smoker and have never worked in a dangerous occupation. I was a librarian for 35 years, so library dust is the most difficult environmental pollutant I have faced. Read more...
Now 62, and as someone who has resided in Fresno, California for better than 37 years, I am one among an estimated 4 million San Joaquin Valley residents regularly exposed to deleterious and deplorable air pollution, a condition blamed partly on geographical, topographical and meteorological factors. Read more...
I have COPD and stage IV lung cancer. Read more...
I have allergies all year long and have had allergies for almost 44 years. Sometimes, it is worse than at other times. The hot air makes me cough constantly. At present, I use two nasal sprays, lots of tea, and ginger. Read more...
I have COPD and I can tell how much worse the air in Lafayette has become in the last five years. I do not know how often it is actually checked by DEQ, but with the increase in commercial property, housing subdivisions and traffic, the air is much worse. Read more...
I am a severe asthmatic, and since I moved from the UK to Takoma Park, MD, fifteen years ago my asthma has become considerably worse. The air here on the border of DC is dreadful. There are many days in the year when I just can’t go outside at all, and as I run a daycare nursery. This is a big problem! Read more...
I have asthma. I was diagnosed with it when I was 20. I've never smoked and as a child my lungs were fine. My mom died of lung cancer. She didn't smoke but still died. Read more...
I have severe asthma and last September was diagnosed with two pulmonary embolisms. The embolisms have dissolved now thanks to blood thinners, but I am constantly short of breath especially in the spring when everything is blooming. Read more...
I am a 69-year-old retired schoolteacher. I have had asthma since childhood. My family lived in Washington, DC. The doctors advised my father to relocate to Arizona, but this was not possible. Read more...
I live in the beautiful state of Hawaii, on the island on Maui. I was shocked to discover that we have terrible air quality here, even with a population of only 150,000 in the middle of the ocean. The reason is largely because of the many thousands of acres of sugar cane, grown and harvested here year round. Read more...
I live in South Florida and the air here is horrible at times. Of course, we deal with pollen all the time. Read more...
I want clean air, because I try to make bicycling my primary form of transportation. I hate to think that I am taking unhealthy molecules and particulates deep into my lungs, making something that should be good for me, bad for me. I wish more people would get out of their cars, and we could have less ozone and diesel particulates. Read more...
I want to fight for healthier air, because my son has asthma. I hate to see him when he gets sick, and we have to rush him to the hospital. Read more...
I want to fight for clean air because I want to live a healthy life. I don't want to breathe in air pollutants. I want to protect the ozone layer. I want the great outdoors to be protected so future generations can enjoy being outside with one another. Read more...
Both my wife and I have asthma. Mine is low level, but my wife has had a miserable month with bad coughing spells. Read more...
I have a compromised immune system, so of course, I want the air I breathe to be clean. I really enjoy going for walks, but every year I notice that I experience more breathing problems. Read more...
We are living in a world with increasing levels of toxicity in the very air that we breathe, and yet we still have people who are denying that scientific fact. We need to reduce the CO2 as well as all toxic emissions in our atmosphere. Read more...
Imagine how helpless you would feel if you had to watch your child struggle to stay afloat in the deep end of a swimming pool knowing you couldn’t jump in to save him. That is how I felt every time one of my three children struggled to breathe during an asthma attack. Read more...
I have severe allergies, and I live in a place that is highly polluted. It was not until I started traveling for work and vacations in the Southwest that I realized my allergies were better—less headaches, sinus infections, and fewer aches and pains from medications. Read more...
Two years ago my life changed. It all started with a disease called histoplasmosis. It attacked my left lung, and I lost all of it. Read more...
I have COPD and have lived in Valparaiso my entire working life. I now find that the air we breathe in this area is unhealthy. If I find a place with cleaner air and relocated, would it help me breathe better or live longer? I am looking but finding no definitive answers. Read more...
Our town, along with the Colorado Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) is planning a highway upgrade and town streetscape plan in 2016. CDOT will be doing the highway construction, upgrade and adding a third lane to the state highway that runs through our town. A proposed detour of one lane of traffic is to be detoured through a residential area rather than remaining on the highway or shifted through the downtown business core. Read more...
I moved to Atlanta, Georgia in spring of 2007, and that is when my problems began. I developed what SEEMED like seasonal allergies. However, after many sinus infections, I was tested and none of the usual allergens were a problem for me, so they termed it the catch all "allergic rhinitis," and said the only thing I could do would be to move on account that it was probably a pollutant allergy. Moving was not an option with a child still in a school she loved, so I continued to battle my illnesses with antibiotics. Read more...
I am 17 years old and a senior in high school. While I am proud to be a student-athlete, another way in which I have come to identify myself is as somebody who has struggled with asthma all my life. Read more...
I’m 17-years-old and a senior in high school. I’ve also had asthma all my life. When I was little, I was in and out of the hospital all the time because of my lungs. Read more...
I was treated for asthma throughout my childhood until my two sisters and I were diagnosed with a rare lung disease called PCD. My younger sister had a double lung transplant, and my sister and I will both need one in the future. Read more...
I am a 56-year-old man and have a condition called pulmonary hypertension, which means blood doesn’t flow properly between my heart and my lungs. I also have COPD. Read more...
It's simple, the cleaner the air, the better your health and the longer you'll live! Read more...
Asthma attacks! Read more...
In my opinion it is our primary responsibility for everyone to keep the air clean. In this present world every one is indirectly contributing for the growth of air pollution. Read more...
I am a senior in high school, and I am currently taking AP Environmental Science online. This unit, I'm learning about the atmosphere and air quality, and was interested to discover what the air quality in my own town is like. Read more...
My grandsons live in Santa Barbara on a two-lane street where the traffic flies by much faster than the posted speed limit. Not all the cars are new enough to have the latest smog control options. Read more...
I have Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which is a debilitating genetic disease that primarily impacts lung health. For me, having clean air means less lung scarring and less bacterial growth. Read more...
I am fighting for clean air because eight years ago, I lost my beautiful son to lung cancer. He was two months shy of his 33rd birthday. He was a nonsmoker and played golf several times a week; no one could believe that this could happen to him. I am fighting for clean air because of my son, Aaron, and because of my six grandchildren. Read more...
I believe in having good health and good quality air, as I am a nonsmoker and feel that the emissions from buses that I live near emit many pollutants along with the trucks and cars in the area. I think there needs to be stronger controls to help maintain a better quality of air from bus and truck emissions and in some instances, cars. Thank you for your understanding in this matter Read more...
I've had asthma since I retired in 1999, and within the last two years my 16-year-old granddaughter has been diagnosed with asthma. She's on a swim team and has to use an inhaler before she's able to compete. Read more...
A cold is not just a cold for a child with asthma. It can quickly turn into pneumonia or worse, hospitalization. A change in weather as well as days when we have a lot of air pollution or wildfire smoke can also be a problem. I know this all too well, because my three sons have asthma. It’s been part of our lives since they were little. Read more...
The pain is excruciating. Each cough tears through my lungs; each breath burns more than the last. The cough controls my life. I can’t run, I can’t be outside for long; I can’t even leave the house without inhalers and an EpiPen strapped to my belt. Weeks of my life are lost when this illness attacks my body with its fire, preventing me from even leaving my bed. Read more...
I just love it whenever I have been where the air is clear and plentiful. I have fond memories of hiking in the forests and near the ocean in the state of Washington where I grew up during my high school and college years. Read more...
Both my sixteen-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter have had severe asthma nearly their entire lives. Read more...
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