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Cailtin R., KS

My father has had asthma since the day he was born, and I've known about having it since I was in the third grade. Certain times of the year have always been hard for my father and me.

We can't handle being in the same environments as my mother and brothers. We can't go into the mountains because we just can't breathe; there is simply not enough oxygen up there.

What will happen when I have my own kids and some of them inherit this disorder from me? If the air quality keeps declining, where will they be able to go to breathe? Will there be anywhere or will they suffocate from all the pollutants?

First published: December 5, 2014

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