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Now 62, and as someone who has resided in Fresno, California for better than 37 years, I am one among an estimated 4 million San Joaquin Valley residents regularly exposed to deleterious and deplorable air pollution, a condition blamed partly on geographical, topographical and meteorological factors. Read more...
I have COPD and stage IV lung cancer. Read more...
I have allergies all year long and have had allergies for almost 44 years. Sometimes, it is worse than at other times. The hot air makes me cough constantly. At present, I use two nasal sprays, lots of tea, and ginger. Read more...
I have COPD and I can tell how much worse the air in Lafayette has become in the last five years. I do not know how often it is actually checked by DEQ, but with the increase in commercial property, housing subdivisions and traffic, the air is much worse. Read more...
I am a severe asthmatic, and since I moved from the UK to Takoma Park, MD, fifteen years ago my asthma has become considerably worse. The air here on the border of DC is dreadful. There are many days in the year when I just can’t go outside at all, and as I run a daycare nursery. This is a big problem! Read more...
I have asthma. I was diagnosed with it when I was 20. I've never smoked and as a child my lungs were fine. My mom died of lung cancer. She didn't smoke but still died. Read more...
I have severe asthma and last September was diagnosed with two pulmonary embolisms. The embolisms have dissolved now thanks to blood thinners, but I am constantly short of breath especially in the spring when everything is blooming. Read more...
I am a 69-year-old retired schoolteacher. I have had asthma since childhood. My family lived in Washington, DC. The doctors advised my father to relocate to Arizona, but this was not possible. Read more...
I live in the beautiful state of Hawaii, on the island on Maui. I was shocked to discover that we have terrible air quality here, even with a population of only 150,000 in the middle of the ocean. The reason is largely because of the many thousands of acres of sugar cane, grown and harvested here year round. Read more...
I live in South Florida and the air here is horrible at times. Of course, we deal with pollen all the time. Read more...
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