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My son Tyler has asthma and when he has a bad day, he goes down very quickly. He says it feels like having an elephant on his chest. As a mom it’s my job to pay attention to these warning signs and to keep him calm if he has an asthma flare-up. If he’s anxious, it only makes it more difficult to breathe. Read more...
People don't realize or think about the effects air can have on our lives. If we don't act now, who knows how the next generation will suffer because of polluted air!!!!! FIGHT FOR CLEAN AIR!!!!!!! Read more...
I suffer from asthma and I have problems when the air quality is not good. Mold, pollen, air pollution all add to difficulty in breathing. Read more...
My father has had asthma since the day he was born, and I've known about having it since I was in the third grade. Certain times of the year have always been hard for my father and me. Read more...
I have had asthma since I was a child. My father smoked constantly before we knew the effects of cigarette smoke. He didn't believe it hurt me and said it was all in my head. Read more...
I have COPD and need to know humidity, ozone and pollution levels before I go outside. Read more...
I have COPD and have a great number of breathing problems living in Sparks/Reno, NV due to the altitude. I am on oxygen 24 hours a day and need to move to move to a place near sea level that has clean air. Read more...
Clean air is important because it passively improves your health. You don't need to eat expensive or nasty tasting foods, or exercise to improve your health (although that is a major contributor to good health). Health is important for more than just one person's happiness, the health of a people improves the health of society. Read more...
I don't smoke and was in great health. We recently moved to Bakersfield (from Colorado). Within three months, I began having severe allergies. Another three more months later, I'm on corticosteroids and a COPD inhaler due to chronic bronchitis and asthma. I need my full time job, but I’m looking to move in higher elevation and commute. Read more...
Clean air protections are worth fighting for, and I know this firsthand because when air quality is poor, I suffer. I had a double lung transplant in 2012, and while the surgery was definitely overwhelming, it made me reflect on my life and how I got to this point. Read more...
Living with 18% lung capacity has its challenges. Breathing in an environment that is filled with ozone pollution creates even bigger challenges. I truly believe that with each new challenge comes a new opportunity. Read more...
So many words come to mind when I describe the man I had the privilege to call my grandfather: devoted and loving; veteran; and COPD. Read more...
My entire life has changed because I can’t breathe. I am 62-years-old and living with COPD and emphysema. I have come to accept that fishing, taking walks, and mowing the grass are distant memories of the past. Breathing in the best circumstances is difficult, but breathing on bad air quality days is crippling to people like me. Read more...
I have emphysema. Read more...
I have COPD and dirty air worsens my condition making it harder to breathe. I also work with ill elderly patients. Breathing becomes difficult for them when the air is “bad.” Read more...
Just in case there is a correlation: Two months ago I retired, and returned to San Diego and (perhaps unwisely,) took a lease on a condo close to the intersection of two major freeways. The condo-floor height above the freeways is about 100 feet and about 1/4 mile from the intersection. Read more...
I'm a life long allergy sufferer. Now in old age, none of usual medication are working. The side effects worsen with every weather front that comes through. Read more...
I have COPD, so when it is very humid outside, it is hard to breathe and I stay indoors. Read more...
I have COPD. Read more...
The Sierra Club issued a report on April 30th, 2014, indicating that Kern County & Bakersfield City has the worst air in the nation. Furthermore, the American Lung Association rated Bakersfield as an F grade for air quality in 2014. Read more...
I want to fight for clean air, because I've had asthma since I was 8-years-old. Now at 57, I've had to go back to an allergist for twice weekly allergy shots. The humid summer days are the hardest for me and leave me feeling exhausted. Read more...
Any air that is less than clean is detrimental to life on this planet. This being true, we need to clean up the mess we've made of the air. Businesses who attempt to circumvent clean air laws have little regard for anything except money and should not be supported and heavily penalized. Those who are attempting to contribute consistently to clean air should be rewarded. Read more...
My son and grandson have asthma. Me? I've got coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease. On high ozone days, I stay inside even if I have appointments to make. More people die from pollution worldwide than die from diseases such as diabetes and auto crashes. I salute the president for making the new EPA regulations. Read more...
Not having clean air may be the reason why I often suffer from teary eyes, constant sneezing and a runny nose. Read more...
It is unfortunate that innovation has taken a back seat in the challenge to reduce emissions. Ignorance is our greatest downfall when it comes to global warming and pollution. Read more...
Three years ago I moved to my retirement condo one block from Balboa Park in the Banker's Hill areas of San Diego. I did not realize at the time that my new building was at the top of the hill from the Quince Street Canyon. This canyon blows up air directly from the San Diego Airport, from the naval base at Coronado and from Interstate 5. Read more...
My name is Dian Coleman, and I live in Winchester, Virginia. Lung disease is all too familiar in my family. My mother suffers from COPD, my sister suffers from asthma, and my aunt passed away from lung cancer. My nephew also has asthma, and he nearly died from a terrible asthma attack. Since then, I’ve helped him get his asthma under control by making sure he has the medications he needs. Read more...
I have had asthma since the day I was born. I am now 41 and I have lived in California all my life. For the past three years, I've gotten worse and was just diagnosed with interstitial lung disease. Read more...
I'm so thankful to have joined the new Lung Force organization, and I am looking forward to participating in the Better Breather's Club based in Winston-Salem, N.C. I hope that The Triad will be inspired to create another branch closer to home, but I'm truly excited about being part of this great mission to educate seniors and their loved ones about the vitally important fact that women need to step up and be proactive about safeguarding the air we breathe. Read more...
I have been diagnosed with severe allergies and am trying to avoid allergic asthma and the need for inhalers and oxygen. My doctors say air pollution could be causing my allergies. Read more...
I have emphysema! Read more...
I was first diagnosed with asthma at the age of 4 in 1956. I have always tried to have a sense of humor about it--like I play acted I was a 90-year-old senior citizen and went from 4-years-old to 90 in the wink of an eye. Read more...
I have had asthma since I was nine-years-old. I'm now 72 and still have asthma symptoms. I like to try to go out and walk and get some exercise, but the air-quality in the Los Angeles area, especially in the valley where I live can be very bad certain times a year. Read more...
Many years ago I asked my friend from China why it always looked like it was about to rain in any picture I saw of China. At first she thought I must be mistaken. Later on we visited China, and just like in all the pictures, it was overcast and hazy everyday. Read more...
Had a pulmonary embolism (blood clotting in the lungs) in 2008, so I need fresh air. Read more...
I like breathing :] Read more...
I grew up in Birmingham, AL with severe allergies. No medication, and I tried a lot of them, seemed to really help me out. I also suffered from inner ear infections, sinus infections, and bronchitis. When I went away to college in Colorado, my "allergies" miraculously - or so I thought - stopped bothering me. Read more...
I have lung cancer. Breathing is difficult under the best of circumstances. We live within sight of a coal burning power plant. Our car and outdoor furniture is regularly coated with black dust. How can this be healthy for me to breathe this air? Read more...
I have an inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis that effects my lung function. As of today, my lungs work at only 48 percent, which makes certain things very difficult— things such as climbing a flight of stairs or sometimes even walking a long distance. Read more...
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