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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...
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...
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