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Among the most common asthma triggers are tiny little critters called dust mites that live amid the dust in your home. They are seemingly everywhere all at once, although they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. If you have allergies and asthma, they can make your life miserable, although with a bit of wisdom you can learn to control them.
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments where people and animals live. They feed off flakes of skin that fall off of us. They are ugly little critters that are related to spiders. In fact, they look like creepy little spiders.
They live on bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. At any one time there can be hundreds or even thousands of these critters on any one item.
While creepy in appearance, dust mites are completely harmless to about 90 percent of people. The rest of us, the other 10 percent, develop an abnormal response to them called an alle...
My first patch of psoriasis developed when I was five years old. The disease has been a constant in my life, meaning that I’ve never experienced a full remission in the 27 years that I’ve lived with it. But up until about eight years ago, I spoke very little of my very apparent disease.
For the most part, I avoided discussing my psoriasis. I didn’t even like saying the word. It sounds like you’re saying something with a mouthful of marbles. Try it, “psoriasis.” It elicits an ick factor just from the very name of the disease. And so, for a very long time, I just didn’t say it.
The fact that my reluctance to discuss my disease -- that is as ugly as it’s name -- is blamed on language, is not lost on me. As a writer, language is crucial. Language helps form the way we think, the way we tell stories, and how we process and experience meaning. I didn’t want to say the word and I didn’t want to talk about it.
Since its release in 1998, the breast cancer stamp has raised
over $50 million for breast cancer research. Perhaps one of the
reasons the breast cancer stamp has been such a success is that it
makes it so easy to do good: spend a few extra pennies on postage
for mail that has to be sent anyhow, and youve done your part
in supporting the cause.
The breast cancer stamp is the U.S. Postal Services first
semi-postal, a stamp that is sold above its actual
postage value. The stamp, which covers 37 cents worth of postage,
costs 45 cents. Those pennies have added up, with more than 650
million stamps sold so far. Beth Brophy spoke to Ethel Kessler, the
art director for the breast cancer stamp, who was diagnosed with
breast cancer in 1994.
Were seven years past the release of the
breast cancer stamp. Are you surprised by its popularity?
Im in shock and awe that we created something that
resonates this much with so many people. The stamp was supposed to
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