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Since moving from 5,000 feet above sea level to 500 feet above sea level, the air is very heavy. When pollution is added to the air, I have difficulty with breathing. My husband also has difficulty breathing. We both get very dry throats and cough a lot. Read more...
I lived in Camden County, New Jersey from the late 80's to the mid 90’s then joined the U.S. Navy for eight years. I moved to Lancaster County, PA in 2001. A few years ago my doctor said that I have asthma related from allergies. I never had theses issues until a few years ago. Read more...
Our family moved to Montana 17 years ago for the clean air for myself (COPD) and our grandchildren (4 with asthma). Please help! Read more...
Air is perhaps the most fundamental spiritual element one cannot point to. Read more...
I have asthma, so the air quality is of concern to me. I find on hot, humid days and even in the winters here, the air is hard on my breathing. To find out my area had an F rating was, unfortunately, not a surprise. Read more...
I have emphysema and COPD. Read more...
The air in my neighborhood is pretty good, but air quality varies greatly from one area to another. Generally, the more affluent the neighborhood, the better the air quality. Read more...
I believe breathing clean air is a right. Air is not a commodity but essential for all living creatures. I find it appalling that some people think it is ok to pollute all they want just as long as they profit from what they do. That is selfishness, and that mentality will destroy us all. Read more...
I like to breathe. Read more...
I live in the Central Valley of California, a huge economic engine in agriculture, manufacturing and oil production. Yet, we suffer bad air quality. Most people who live here have no choice but to stay, as good paying work is nearby. Read more...
I have sarcoidosis and my lungs are affected. I have shortness of breath and a chronic cough. Read more...
I am a victim of childhood asthma and grew up near a coal-fired power plant. I was recently diagnosed with Non Small Cell Lung Cancer Stage 4 at age 35. I am a nonsmoker who loves my family and spending time with my wife and six- year-old son. Everyone has lungs; I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy. Please let me how I can help ALA and how to help stop the air pollution that causes so much harm to us and loved ones. Read more...
When people ask me what it’s like to have an asthma attack, I tell them the only thing I can equate it to is climbing a tall mountain and not having enough oxygen, or breathing through a straw with very little air coming in or out. You get this panicky feeling knowing that at any moment you might need immediate medical attention. Read more...
By the time I was a teen, my childhood asthma and allergies had lessened significantly and I was very happy to no longer be considered an “asthmatic.” Unfortunately, that status has changed. Now, decades later, my asthma is back and it’s worse than ever. Read more...
For most people with asthma, wheezing is the typical symptom that lets them know something is wrong and to make sure they have their medication handy. My symptoms are subtler and can creep up without warning. Read more...
I live in New York City, but my passion is the great outdoors. I like to run outside, but always feel so winded, even when avoiding the streets and sticking to the greenways. I love living and working in the city because it provides so many opportunities for career advancement and the spread of ideas. Read more...
My family on my mother’s side all has asthma. I have it, and my son and his children have it; my sister has it; and her children and grandchildren have it. Read more...
I am a 45-year-old man that suffers from chronic asthma. I currently work as the director of a federal educational equity program. I have a 25-year-old daughter that recently graduated from UCLA, and my son is a 10th grade. Read more...
I was born to a 13-year-old girl who received no prenatal care in August of 1978 in Baltimore, MD. My awesome parents then adopted me at 9-months-old. Read more...
For too many years, my family has experienced the harmful and painful effects of living in an environment without clean air. My mother suffered from asthma since childhood, but her lung condition grew progressively worse when she moved to Pittsburgh, where she spent the last eight years of her life. Read more...
I live on the border of New Mexico and Colorado on Highway 550. The air and the sound pollution here is intolerable! It seems to me that the cause for all of this pollution is from the oil & natural gas industry. Their wells pump out methane rich gas with loud and filthy engines. Read more...
I was born with asthma. I remember during the 1960s and early 1970 that there wasn’t much help for my breathing difficulties. Doctors would want me to try new medicines, and I even overdosed a few times all before I was 10-years-old. Read more...
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing." Read more...
The benefits of clean air are well known, and in addition we know how to prevent much of the pollution that is in our air -- unfortunately, we continue to elect politicians who will protect the polluters at the expense of people. I believe that it is time to change our focus from getting the facts on these fronts to electing leaders who will honor the science and clean up our environment while it is still possible. Clean energy technology is available, and we need to push that development with everything we have - not as an attack on fossil fuel, but by developing clean options and insisting that our legislators put tax dollars behind clean energy development. Read more...
I'm interested in knowing the quality of the air in my town of White Pigeon, Michigan. I know that when I leave the state and go West, I can breathe better. When I come back home to White Pigeon the air feels heavy on my lungs. Read more...
I am a mom. I want the best for my kids. We eat organic, grow our own garden and drink purified water, but there's something that I have minimal control over, the air we breathe. Thanks to your site my worst fears have been confirmed, our area is awful. Our ozone is an F; our 24-hour is a D; and our annual is a Fail. Read more...
I don’t remember knowing many children with asthma when I was growing up. Today, it seems that almost all of my friends have at least one child with asthma, and I have two. When you have a child (or two) with asthma, you become used to living in a state of high alert and trying to control the conditions that may induce an asthmatic episode. I do everything possible to keep them healthy and safe, but the quality of the outdoor air they breathe is out of my control. Read more...
At the age of 22 I nearly died from pneumonia. In the several years since then I struggle through every single winter when the air quality is poor in Northern Utah. I spend the majority of the winter months coughing and wheezing. It is often to the point where I feel as though a branding iron is stuffed down my throat every time I take a breath. While I fully intend to move away from Northern Utah as soon as possible, I am stuck here for the next few years. The air is not only unhealthy for people like me, but for everyone. In addition to feeling miserable myself, I worry about my 2-year- old daughter and any future children I might have. Read more...
I’m an activities specialist at a residential property and a certified health coach. I also have a very unusual respiratory condition. I have experienced three spontaneous collapses of my lungs since 2008. The medical term for this condition is a pneumothorax. Read more...
I have had respiratory problems for years. I get a daily air quality forecast from the state. If the air quality is not good, I cannot go outdoors. Read more...
I want to fight for clean air because everyone has the right to breathe healthy air. I want my children to be able to play outside and not have an increased risk for asthma and other diseases. I want to be able to work and exercise outside. I want to live in a place where I don't have to drive to the top of the mountain to see the sun without the haze. I want to know how I can fight pollution where I live. Read more...
In August of 2013, I was diagnosed with a genetically inherited disease called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Protein Deficiency, also known as AAT Deficiency or Alpha-1. In typical individuals, large amounts of alpha-1 antitrypsin protein are made in the liver and released into the bloodstream. In affected individuals, altered genes make abnormally shaped AAT proteins, which are retained in the liver, creating a deficiency in the circulating blood. Read more...
I have asthma and I rarely get asthma attacks. I used to get them a lot when I was younger, but I haven't had many since I have grown up. These last few days I have had two asthma attacks, and I no longer have inhalers. Read more...
I’ve had an asthma attack just standing at a bus stop when a truck drives up and blasts me with diesel smoke. I have to go to a full-service gas station and pay more to have someone pump my gas, because the gasoline fumes can make me sick. I even have to use an air filter in my car just to avoid feeling nauseous and short of breath from all the chemicals in the air. I will go out of my way to avoid driving behind any car that is spewing dirty tailpipe exhaust. Read more...
Too many people are being diagnosed with lung cancer every day, including those who smoke and even those who don't. It's heartbreaking. We as a society need to be advocates for cleaner, healthier air to breathe, help people quit smoking, and make sure children never start. Read more...
Here in Rosemont, Sacramento, we have had wonderful breezes from the Delta every night for 50 years that I know of, but now this last year, it smells like asphalt. Tonight, it was so thick that it's left mist in the air where you couldn't see clearly across the street. Read more...
We live in western Massachusetts, where mountains surround us. It’s like sitting in the middle of a bowl. Our communities are suburban and rural, but there is a coal plant nearby in the City of Holyoke, which contributes to the poor air quality in our region of the state. We have very high rates of asthma here, which I see evidence of every day in my job as the school nurse in the city of Chicopee. Read more...
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