Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
Writer Steve Downing shares his essay with a message of solidarity to all who suffer seasonal allergies.
“Almost a quarter of us are afflicted by what’s called allergic rhinitis, so I know there are listeners out there right now who can relate. My diagnosed allergic rhinitis is prefaced by the words chronic seasonal, meaning I can suffer an attack of hay fever—which is what allergic rhinitis is—in any season. Some of you can, too. And my message today is solidarity. You are not alone.”