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Kasandra L. B., CA

I was first diagnosed with asthma at the age of 4 in 1956. I have always tried to have a sense of humor about it--like I play acted I was a 90-year-old senior citizen and went from 4-years-old to 90 in the wink of an eye.

I don't mind making fun of it, but it makes me angry when others do. I feel it is a violation of my first amendment civil rights, because I have trouble speaking when I have trouble breathing. This has affected my quality of life,by denying me educational opportunities and employment others have been afforded who do not have asthma.

My daughter was also asthmatic.

First Published: May 8, 2014

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