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 went into the US Army at the age of 18 years old in June of 1984, where I was stationed at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. I took both AIT & basic training on this base.
When I signed on that bottom line, I signed agreeing to protect my country and possibly give my own LIFE! What I did NOT agree to was giving up my KIDS & GRAND-KIDS lives because of chemical exposure altering my DNA & passing it to them.
Since leaving Ft. McClellan, I have developed 32 health condition’s including PTSD, anxiety & severe depression. Most of my days are spent crying not only for myself but for my kids and grand-kids too.
My baby brother was stationed at Ft. McClellan. He had as many health issues as I have and he died at the age of 46 in 2013, well before he had a chance to file his VA claim.
My son was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 1 years old (Stage 4) and survived. In September of 2017, he had to have an emergency gall bladder removal and, four days later, he developed blood clots in both lungs along with pneumonia in both lungs. In January, 2018, he was diagnosed with a blood disease called MC667T, a gene mutation that came from me being exposed…I’m positive.
I have to take him every 4 weeks to have 1 pint of his blood extracted & thrown in the trash. This helps take out red blood cells so his blood isn’t as thick as honey. He now has anxiety & depression.
My daughter had to have a hysterectomy at the age of 21 and lost one baby in her 2nd month of pregnancy. She also has anxiety and depression. She has had blood clots in both her lungs & had to be on Lovenox shots for 2 years.
Her little boy (my grandson) was diagnosed with CCAM during her 5th month of pregnancy and she was told to terminate him. The mass was so big it covered his whole chest area. She refused to terminate and then delivered him at full term. He then had to have the lower left lobe of his lung removed. He survived and now has asthma, had a terrible infection in his teeth, and had to have surgery. He also has ADHD and is on several meds. He is now 8.
My granddaughter had heart problems at age 2 and she has survived and is now 6 years old.
My everyday life revolves around NOT knowing what tomorrow will bring. The tears just flow at how unfair it is for them to ALL suffer & to NOT know what their future holds for them & their kids/grand-kids. We need Congress to pass a current bill and fast!
Someone has to be accountable!
Please everyone step up & make some noise! God bless you.
I want to LIVE!!!!
Note from the Editor: The author currently resides in Georgia. The account/editorial is verbatim from the author without edit, with only the omission of their name to preserve anonymity.