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Reva H., OR

My family on my mother’s side all has asthma. I have it, and my son and his children have it; my sister has it; and her children and grandchildren have it.

My mother spent two months in the ICU with collapsed lungs from years of lung damage from asthma. It was horrible to watch her struggle to breathe. She did survive but has to fight for every breath.

Everyday it gets harder for me to breathe also. I know what will happen to me eventually, and it will not be pleasant. If the United States does not get serious about cleaning up the air we breathe by reducing harmful emissions, I really don't see much hope. I wonder what the people in charge of our air would do if they couldn't breathe? Probably get things done a lot faster.

First published: April 9, 2014

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