Reactive Asthma-My Story
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I was a very healthy individual, a cycling, weightlifting, Pilates, and Therapeutic Riding Instructor. At age 47 I began to have unexplained dizzy spells, especially in the mornings, and it took a visit to the ER when my heart’s electrical system started failing to start the year-long journey to determine I have Reactive Asthma. After researching my environment, I found the following toxins that lead to my decline. I lived approximately 20 miles (as the crow flies-yes I’m southern) from a County Electric-Coal burning plant. In 2009 there was a breach in the system which put out a toxic chemical. It was kept under wraps and the EPA denied it ever happened. I also found that the emissions from this plant had been polluting the air for a long time as it was built in the 1950’s and I had lived in the area for over 30 years of my life. To complicate matters, I had replaced flooring in my home with laminate, which began to emit formaldehyde. I moved away from that area and had to quit my job as well. Unfortunately, I have to live somewhat close to that area for the next year-and-a-half. I plan to move, but need to find a place far away from chemical plants. I am on five medications to keep myself stable and then use a mask whenever I go outside the house. I live in a house with all tile and a special air conditioning system that filters out fine particulates. As you can see in my profile picture, I have a horse and on good air days I can see and ride her. I have no pets at home. I am also in the middle of a divorce, he decided he wanted younger and healthier. I look forward to learning from everyone, I know we can help one another get through these difficult times. Thanks! 🙂

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