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 share-@-civilianexposure.org.
I need to find help. I was exposed at Rocky Mountain Arsenal. My uniform was orange but turned to blue when I was exposed. RMA gave me a case number, but no one contacted me to tell me how serious and dangerous it was. I am suffering for over 35 years living in hell & pain.
I was exposed to chemical warfare (probably Agent Orange) while working for Shell chemical at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (US ARMY) in the early ’70s. It took years to find out. I went for years with severe pain and more plus a dozen misdiagnoses as bipolar or schizophrenic, neurosyphilis, TB, fibromyalgia, and many more. Now doctors say that I never was any of these things!!! One doctor told me “sue me…I made a mistake”, as now my diagnosis are:
- Cancer – Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma.
- Macular Degeneration with progressive loss
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Autoimmune Condition – unspecified
- Chronic Neuropathic pain
- Fever of unknown origin – intermittent
- Multiple recurrent Renal Calculi
- Chronic Renal Insufficiency
- Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
- Gastroesophageal Reflux DIsease
- Chronic fatigue
My skin is very red and feels like on fire and piling. I am in severe pain and cannot go on much longer without help. I have been to Cedar Sinai, Glendale Adventist, USC, Stanford…no one understands or helps. Every part of my body is affected. I am in severe pain most of the time. I have even become allergic to water!!!!!
I cannot find help at this time. I take Restoril for sleep, Demerol injection for pain, Dupixent every 2nd week, Tylenol for fever, and Ataraxic for the aching and burning of my skin.
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Wow! I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I do hope you find the help you need. I found this post when I was looking into the arsenal. My paw paw was exposed and he was diagnosed with diabetes. He ended up being riddled with cancer.