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My new lungs are doing just fine, but I’ll never truly be out of the woods. I’m on immune-suppressants every day. Clean air is vital to my health. It was just as crucial to breathe it before my surgery, as it is for me today. We should never take for granted the significance of clean air. Read more...
My husband and I were both born in Los Angles and lived there for 58 years. You can imagine the state of our lungs. We moved to the Palm Springs area thinking the air would be cleaner but have since learned the wind, sand and ozone is compromising our health, especially my husband who has pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. Read more...
I have had asthma for over 60 years. As a child I missed so much school and social things that it made me a person who had trouble with everyday life. Read more...
Asthma doesn't run in our family, so how come all three of our grandchildren suffer from asthma? Read more...
Living here in Pittsburgh all of my life, I really am finally realizing why I had such bad asthma as a child. Now I am an adult with asthma and I am more in tune to how I feel and where I feel better. Read more...
When I was 8-years-old, I could not keep up with the other kids during little league baseball. I had trouble breathing. I would always get choked up during my games; nobody knew what was going on. It was never clear if I would be fine or if I would end up on the ground while attempting to run to first base. Read more...
I am very concerned about air quality, as both a parent and a grandparent. My daughter lived in Agawam Massachusetts with her two children for five years and both of them have been diagnosed with asthma. My daughter had no history of any respiratory issues, but she had several respiratory issues while living in Agawam. Read more...
Imagine holding your nose and trying to breathe through a straw. That’s what it’s like to live day-to-day with COPD. Read more...
My two sons Remington, 4, and Ruger, 3, look healthy and perfect, so it’s hard to explain to other parents, teachers and even medical professionals just how sick they have been for their entire lives. It seems my boys have been battling one respiratory infection after another for as long as I can remember. Read more...
I have lived in Utah since I was young and have moved to many places. Utah has the worst air quality by far, and Salt Lake City especially needs to clean up the air we breathe and force big industries to comply by lowering toxins being pumped out of their smokestacks. Read more...
When my son was a toddler, our pediatrician began to suspect that he might have asthma. Confirmation came when ordinary colds manifested into acute respiratory infections requiring nebulizer treatments and countless doctor visits. The simple act of breathing has never been something my son, now ten-years-old, can take for granted. Read more...
I have developed allergies that cause sinus congestion and migraine headaches. I seem to be allergic to being outdoors for very short periods of time, both in our Ft. Myers winter home and in our home in Canada, which is 20 miles away from any city or manufacturing facilities that would produce chemical pollution. Being outdoors this summer for even a half hour per day has caused me to have sinus infections, which triggers very painful migraine headaches that keep me from living a normal life with decent sleep Read more...
COPD is an awful disease. I was first diagnosed with it about eight years ago, but I had been having breathing problems for longer than that. Learning that I had COPD gave me a diagnosis, but it didn't provide me relief. Read more...
I developed asthma while living in a high humidity environment, so I moved to a drier climate for my health and am now finding more difficulty breathing here. Read more...
When I was a child and had asthma attacks, I remember being scared about being unable to breathe, but I don’t remember thinking I was going to die. I was in and out of emergency rooms a lot, but I always got better. Read more...
I read that we are under an Ozone Alert here in Deer Park/Houston. It is no wonder! I called Harris County Pollution Control last night (again) to report the local oil company for flaring. Read more...
I was a respiratory therapist for over 15 years and have seen firsthand the effects of air quality on my patients’ lungs. Patients of mine who moved from areas with cleaner air would end up in the emergency room because of the change in air quality. Read more...
I have asthma, and am very reactive to the air in my environment. Read more...
I was diagnosed with asthma when I was two-years-old after a bout with pneumonia. I am now 28-years-old and have to take numerous, very expensive medications. I am allergic to dust, grass and all that triggers asthma. I try my best to get through every single day. Read more...
I was born and raised in New York City. At the time, no one ever thought about the pollution coming from car and truck emissions or airplanes. Read more...
My sister died in August 2012 from lung cancer. She was a nun for 50 years and never smoked a day in her life. I have to think it was environmental factors that caused her death. Read more...
We never want another family to have to go through the shock and grief that we experienced when our teenage son Matthew died suddenly from a severe asthma attack at school. Even though it happened 16 years ago, at times it still feels like yesterday. A tragedy like this is something no parent can ever completely overcome. Read more...
We never want another family to have to go through the shock and grief that we experienced when our teenage son Matthew died suddenly from a severe asthma attack at school. Even though it happened 16 years ago, at times it still feels like yesterday. A tragedy like this is something no parent can ever completely overcome. Read more...
My life depends on having clean air to breathe. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has already claimed 85 percent of my left lung. I’m not going to let it claim any more. My ability to breathe literally depends on the quality of the air. Read more...
I am an adult (66) with late onset asthma, and it is not being controlled very well. I need clean air to breathe better. Read more...
I had never notice how bad the air quality was in East Tennessee until returning from a beach trip to Myrtle Beach. My husband and I were hit like a baseball with allergies as soon as we entered the mountains near our home. Read more...
Like many people, I am concerned about the environment and its impact on human health. For the past ten years, I've lived in one of the most polluted parts of one of the most polluted cities in America: Long Beach, Calif. There have been days I've smelled gas in the air. Each week, black soot accumulates on my car and my windowsills. Read more...
It’s not easy for me to talk about how an asthma attack took my young daughter’s life. Because I don’t want another family to have to ever have to endure our pain, keeping Morgan’s memory alive sometimes means reliving the unspeakable heartbreak that still lingers from the day she was taken from us. Read more...
With the wind patterns blowing San Francisco smog to the Central Valley; herbicides and pesticides being sprayed; and constant heat and dust, Fresno is a toxic soup 8 months of the year. I have developed bronchiectasis (scar tissue in the lungs) from recurrent bouts pneumonia. Many of my students are afflicted with asthma and chronic bronchitis. There seems to be no awareness on the part of big farming or San Franciscans. Read more...
When ozone pollution is high, I get a migraine headache! OUCH! Read more...
As a mother, there is nothing more difficult than watching your child struggle to breathe. My two young children and I suffer from asthma. Read more...
I am 63 and was diagnosed 4 years ago with COPD. I have never smoked, nor worked in an environment that would cause lung disease. For the past 22 years, I've lived in a county that has consistently earned an "F" on its annual air-quality report cards. Read more...
I live in Rockwood, Tennessee, and I have developed a serious breathing problem since I have moved here. I live next to two companies that are polluting the air I breathe. One burns nickel and the other burns copper. Read more...
Both my daughters have severe asthma. I’ve had to call 9-1-1 so many times when they couldn’t breathe that when the fire trucks came to school for a special event, the paramedics knew their names. Read more...
In 1996, my father had a faulty tuberculosis test, which led to a biopsy of his lung where stage IV lung cancer was found. Initially, he was given only a year to live, but he beat those odds and remained stable for five years. After a case of the shingles, the cancer had recurred and metastasized throughout his body. Read more...
I live next door to a limestone landfill where rezoning of Fort Benning, GA has led to torn down streets, homes and communities. Slabs of concrete are being dumped, and huge 100+ acre piles of trees are being burned nightly. The fumes are taking a toll on my sinuses and lungs. Read more...
I know firsthand the frightening experience of not being able to breathe during an asthma attack. The last time it happened, I actually thought I was going to die. Read more...
Lung disease has been a health battle for me throughout my entire life. As a child I suffered with croup and inflammation of the upper airways. Both of which led to an asthma diagnosis in my 30’s and a positive diagnosis of mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAC), which causes tuberculosis-like symptoms. About three years ago, I was also diagnosed with Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. Read more...
I just moved to downtown Ventura County. Everyone says it’s the best location, as I am a couple blocks from the beach, Surfer’s Point, the pier, fair grounds and Main Street, which is where all the clubs and restaurants are located, as well as the coffee shops, movie theatre, ice cream shops, etc. The problem is that there are only three streets that allow a person to go from one end of the valley to the other, and it’s a bottleneck. The heart of the problem is on Main Street and the streets that lead to the beach. Read more...
I live here in Lynwood, California and have been diagnosed with Castleman’s disease, which weakens my immune system and causes me to suffer with rashes, shortness of breath, headaches, blurred vision, as well as memory loss, just to name some of what ails me day to day. Read more...
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