Two Parents Exposed – Two Children Affected

The following is a personal story submitted to Civilian Exposure and published as part of our new series: “Contamination Chronicles: Personal Stories of Exposure”. If you would like to submit your story, you may fill out our form here or send directly via email to [email protected]


Both of my parents were stationed at Camp Lejeune – my mother in the early 1970’s and my father from the late 1960’s until the early 1980’s.  They met and married in 1970 and had my bother in 1972 and me in 1975.

My brother has extreme stomach issues. He has had a bowel re-section and his gall bladder removed.  He continues to battle his illness everyday and will most likely need additional bowel re-section procedures in the future.

I have multiple bone issues.  I have extra bones in both feet that have had to be surgically removed. I have had multiple knee surgeries. I have also had reproductive cancer which culminated in four abdominal surgeries when I was only 35 years old.

I am 100% sure that all of these health issues in two young people are not normal and are directly a result of exposure of both of our parents to contaminants.


Note from the Editor: The author currently resides in Connecticut. The account/editorial is verbatim from the author without edit, with only the omission of their name to preserve anonymity.



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