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Cathy W., NJ

I have an inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis that effects my lung function. As of today, my lungs work at only 48 percent, which makes certain things very difficult— things such as climbing a flight of stairs or sometimes even walking a long distance.

I fear that the poor air quality in my area is only making my illness worse. Summer is my favorite season, but unfortunately, I don't always get to enjoy the summer months due to the frequency of air quality alert advisories. I have to stay inside on days when there is a high air quality warning, which  also prevents me from enjoying those days.

I have an inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis that effects my lung function. As of today, my lungs work at only 48 percent, which makes certain things very difficult— things such as climbing a flight of stairs or sometimes even walking a long distance.

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