Claudia F., AZ
I have reactive airway asthma and the air quality, or lack of it, in Mesa, AZ has me on steroids many weeks of the year. The result of taking so much prednisone is weak bones and weight gain that is causing all kinds of other health problems, including type 11 diabetes.
It is difficult to enjoy my life when I know that any day can be the start of days and days of illness and being closed in my house using albuterol inhalers and my nebulizer. If I move somewhere with better air, I have to move away from my family. I try to strike a balance between Arizona and Maine. It is very hard to come back to Arizona knowing what will happen on the first day air day.
First published: April 25, 2012