The #asthmafeelslike campaign has launched so that everyone who lives with this illness, including family members of those with asthma, can tell those with the power to make a difference what it’s really like to live with the disease.
There are a number of triggers that can lead to asthma attacks. One major offender is an air pollutant called ozone, a greenhouse gas and component of smog that forms when the exhaust from power plants, cars, trucks, factories and refineries mixes and cooks in sunlight.
Sometimes those with asthma avoid talking about it. The #asthmafeelslike campaign provides a space where through words, photos, videos and memes those impacted by asthma can come out of the shadows and get personal.
The campaign is owned by no one and is designed to create a sense of community on social media for the next several months for all those affected by asthma. Everyone is encouraged to share their #asthmafeelslike stories over this hash tag with those who have the power to set health policy or to reduce the air pollution that contributes to this serious illness.
Based in Washington, D.C., Keith is the National Communications Strategist for Partnerships and Intersectional Justice.
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