Shared Stories

We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air, and click here to submit your own.

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Air quality is important to me because I have two girls ages 7 and 9 that need asthma medications twice every day to breathe. A year ago my 9-year-old came out of her room holding her throat mouthing that she couldn't breathe. I called 9-1-1, and they had her breathing oxygen and on the way to the hospital; it was the scariest moment in my life. Read more...
When my partner and I decided to look for a new community where we could raise our daughters, the top priority on our list was air quality. Maylie, who is 9 and has cystic fibrosis. We work very hard to manage Maylie’s condition and to keep her lungs as healthy as possible. Our days are full of respiratory therapy; our cupboards are bursting with medications and nebulizers to stay one small step ahead of lung disease. However, the most basic of issues is still standing tall in front of us. The air we breathe has an effect on her life expectancy. Read more...
I want cleaner air for everyone. I have COPD in the late stage, and it is so hard for me to breathe. If it is humid out, I cannot go outside. I have to be on oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more...
Several years ago I was diagnosed with borderline asthma. Recently my doctor told me that I was also being monitored for COPD. Clean air has always been important to me. I am the only member in my immediate family that has never smoked, and I still have lung issues. Read more...
On September 28 2014, I was admitted to the ER with respiratory failure at just 44-years-old. I was on life support for five days. I have COPD, and I want to live longer to see my kids and grandkids grow up. Read more...
My husband is a disabled veteran. He was exposed to burn pits while in Afghanistan, as well as being run over by a 4-ton truck. He is only 30-years-old, but is in such poor health that the Air Force medically retired him. Read more...
I have a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), which is a life-threatening and life-shortening condition for which lung infections are common. Repeated infections can cause permanent damage in the form of scar tissue, often leading to lung failure over time. Read more...
Every day I struggle to breathe. I have asthma. Auto fumes and dust from sand are the worst. The clear sky and sun are wonderful. In recent years constant coughing has become routine. I now am limiting my exposure to many environments. Big pharma increasing inhaler co-payments and pricing has added never-ending stress. Read more...
I have COPD and high ozone imprisons me in my house. COPD makes my allergies, which I did not have before unbearable. Public officials here do nothing. The EPA visits and we talk, but local officials stay away. Read more...
As a child I was very active and strong. The air quality in Utah and pollution from coal burning etc. did have an effect. I was very ill several times in my childhood and teen years, not attributing it to pollution, because we didn't know this back then. Read more...
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