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I want my old lungs back. I became an asthmatic as an adult. There was a time before that when I could go to the gym and not have to worry about getting bronchitis. Read more...
Back in the early 70's while attending college in the Midwest, my wife became pregnant with our first child. After she delivered the baby, she stayed home, so I needed a better paying job to support us and still go to school. I found a good paying job at a local chemical plant making double the salary that I was making as a college co-op student, so I was forced to take it. Read more...
I don't have a personal story in Michigan, although I know of folks who struggle with the bad pollution in Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland. Read more...
With two sons suffering from asthma, I take every precaution to protect them from the debilitating effects of this condition. For the most part, they can participate in a variety of sports as long as they pre-treat with an inhaler prior to outdoor events. Yet, there is little that I can do to when the air quality index reaches dangerous levels. Read more...
I want to fight for air, because the air is my property. I need it to live. Read more...
Having cleaner air makes a huge impact in the world. For starters, breathing clean air makes you feel good all of the time, which cuts down on depression, allergies and improves overall health. It's also mentally calming to know that you’re not breathing in pollution and toxins all the time. Read more...
I was surprised to find that Idaho is considered by the American Lung Association to have good quality air. I live in a town situated in the midst of an industrial farming and forest operation. Tilling the fields that have no stubble generates thick particle clouds, and burning the grass crops and field residue restricts our freedom to breathe. Read more...
I have asthma, my children have asthma and my grandchildren—all four of them— have asthma. My mom had asthma and died at the age of 43 from it. I worry about air quality for me and even more for the future because of my children and grandchildren and the air they will have to cope with. Read more...
I have had bronchial asthma for over 40 years. I moved from New York to Florida to breathe better. Since moving down to Florida, I have noticed changes in the air quality making some days difficult to breathe without wheezing and chest tightness. I suffer from numerous food allergies as well. Read more...
I have a very important reason to fight for clean air to breathe, because my daughter and I have asthma and live in the suburbs of Cleveland. I checked the statistics for the city’s ozone levels, air pollution, etc. That is why I have to be involved to fight for clean air, so we can breathe easier. Thank you to the American Lung Association for fighting for people with breathing difficulties. Read more...
I am concerned about the air where I live because it is a rural farm community. There are many people in my family that have allergies, including myself and my one-year-old son. Read more...
My asthma is highly reactive to ozone. On days like this I can hardly walk across the room. My quality of life is trashed by ozone. Read more...
I worked at a steel company straight out of high school. The air was beyond horrible. I then moved into a house that had mold. After living in NYC and Tennessee, I am back in Bham living in a sleepy little town near another big corporate polluter, which pumps out diesel that floats straight into my house. Read more...
I have a liver disease and am sensitive to toxins in the air, especially those generated by a local paper mill. When the air is foul, I don't feel well. Read more...
I also suffer from asthma, and I worry about the air that I breathe. I live across the street from a construction company that has numerous trucks and huge mobile equipment driving down the street all day. These huge trucks run on "diesel fuel," and they emit small particles from the diesel fuel in the air that contribute to cancer. Read more...
Short and to the point: I smoked for 47 years. Two years ago this coming December 23rd, I had to have my right lung removed due to a walnut sized cancer tumor. I never gave pollution of our air a second thought until now. Read more...
I have COPD (emphysema), so it is important to me to know what the air quality is going to be for any given day. On the days when the air quality is poor, I stay inside, but on the nicer days, I can go out. Read more...
I am living (over 3 years now!) with Stage IV lung cancer, and I am a non-smoker! There must be some cause that does not involve smoking (or even secondhand smoke), and I want to be breathing GOOD air now as I fight this disease! Read more...
I have COPD, which upsets me, because I have never in my life smoked a cigarette. Read more...
I moved here from Massachusetts and was amazed to find out that there are no required emission controls for vehicles here. I have asthma and COPD. When I watch the weather channel and it says air quality is bad, I have to stay in the house. I guess the air quality is consistently poor in Tennessee. Read more...
My concern is that we will become numb to higher levels of air pollution. We seem to have done just that in the last 120 years. In the name of progress, we have adjusted to unhealthy air. Read more...
Since coming to Miami, I have acquired terrible seasonal allergies and bronchiectasis. I like to exercise and my favorite is walking, but because of the state of the atmosphere and my living in a heavy traffic and construction zone, I can never go out, or I will come back sick. Read more...
I have pulmonary fibrosis. There is little known about this disease; yet, as many people die of it each year as those with breast cancer. There is no cure and no approved medication to improve the terrible hardening of the lungs. Read more...
On the last day of my employment before I retired five years ago, I developed pneumonia. After week in the hospital, I was discharged and sent to see a pulmonary specialist and an allergist who diagnosed me with asthma. Read more...
I am a healthy 36-year-old living in Salt Lake City. Despite being free from respiratory illnesses, I am beginning to notice irritation in my airways during extended periods of poor air quality, especially during winter inversions. If it's affecting my healthy lungs, I can only imagine what it's doing to those who are less fortunate. Read more...
I suffer from unstable angina and asthma. Just walking to get my mail is a struggle. I fight for clean air, because my life depends on it. I have no family that cares the slightest bit about me. I live alone and have to care for myself. Read more...
Even though my lungs are in superb shape, I still have reduced lung capacity and require a CPAP to sleep. Read more...
Quality of air is quality of life. We live along the shore of Lake Michigan and enjoy the clean air through the late fall, winter and early spring. During the summer months, local campgrounds enjoy campfires and do not know where their smoke goes (some don't care). Most think it’s a "right" to have campfires. However, it’s not a right to create air pollution. Read more...
I suffer from asthma and am a father and grandfather. I worry for my children. My condition is continually getting worse. My grandson and my wife are having breathing problems as well. None of us smoke or ever have. The air quality is getting worse and worse. Read more...
I am a respiratory therapist who works day in and day out with patients who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases. I help them manage their health conditions and the challenges that arise and do all I can as a medical professional in that capacity. But it is heartbreaking to watch them struggle for a breath, because while I can provide treatment, what I cannot do is control the quality of the air to which they are exposed. Read more...
I have had severe asthma as far back as I can remember. I could not run and play as other children did and had such difficulty breathing when the weather turned hot and humid. This breathing difficulty continued throughout my life. Read more...
I have had asthma all my life, too. Even though I also live in Cleveland, Ohio, as Eric does in one of your stories, my asthma is under fairly good control now. I was hospitalized for 4 days this winter and had two trips to the emergency room, but this was the first time in many years. Read more...
I'm fighting for all the children. I'm fighting for my husband, who also has asthma. I'm fighting for myself; I have impaired lung function. I'm fighting because my neighbors burn their garbage. I'm fighting because some very toxic air comes from Medina City, which is to the southwest of me, and from Brunswick, which is to the north. Read more...
My experience with asthma was also severe requiring almost annual hospitalizations. Still, as hard as the asthma was on me, I cannot forget the toll it took on my mom and dad. Read more...
I am 57-years-old. I suffered from asthma growing up outside of Philadelphia. I refer to it as growing up in an industrial area before the clean air act. My childhood and young adulthood were impacted by asthma attacks, hospital visits and significant illnesses. The medication I had access to was primarily rescue medication. Read more...
I am a respiratory therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Every day I see children struggling to breathe. None of us can exist without air and water. These are the stuff of life for each of us. Read more...
I am Montana artist. I sell my work at shops, galleries and throughout the region, but much of my livelihood is from art festivals. Every summer I travel to outdoor art fairs around Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Read more...
In Cambria County, Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised, most men worked in the coalmines. Grandfathers and fathers were dying from black lung disease, but no one knew much about asthma. Read more...
I’ve been fighting for the environment and clean air since I was 10 years old, when the very first Earth Day was held. But it’s also personal for me. My daughter and I have asthma and my mother died of lung cancer. Read more...
We need better air, because people can get really sick from pollution. It doesn't matter how small the city or town, it needs to be better!! I was watching the news, and they were talking about how there is too much pollution in the air. They showed a picture of it, and boy--was it bad! Read more...
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