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Wendell A., MN

I have to literally fight to breathe every day. I am a severe asthmatic that is steroid dependent. When there is anything in the air outside, I am greatly affected by it--pollen, smoke, exhaust, pollution, etc.

It flares my asthma up and causes bad attacks. I was once a walker, biker, hiker, swimmer, and played tennis but am not able to do those things any longer. I am trying to get SSDI/SSI since I was fired from my last job for missing too many days even after FMLA. It's a daily battle to plan my day around the temps, humidity, and air quality index. Some days I am not even able to leave my house. It's that bad. The air has to somehow get cleaner than it is now to enjoy my quality of life even somewhat.

First published: April 25, 2012

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